When a child is diagnosed with cancer, families and parents will need to know about and cope with many problems. This document, which offers ideas for managing the costs of a cancer diagnosis, is one in a series of documents for parents and loved ones of a child with cancer. The other documents have information on how to cope with the cancer diagnosis, understanding the health care system, returning to school, and the late effects of cancer treatment.

If your child has been diagnosed with cancer, the last thing you want to think about is money. But families are usually forced to think about this issue sooner rather than later. There are financial resources that may be able to help you with the mounting costs that often come with this disease. These resources can be health insurance, government programs, disability benefits, and aid from voluntary organizations. Even if your child has health insurance, you will soon find that it doesn’t cover everything. And even if your child is well-insured, cancer can cause financial problems.

If your child isn’t covered by health insurance, it can be really scary. But there are other options you may want to think about.

What we’ll cover

We will try to answer common questions about insurance and financial concerns, with information about:

  • Keeping and managing private health plans or health insurance
  • Government-funded insurance plans
  • Options if your child is uninsured or hard to insure
  • Getting help with living expenses
  • Other resources you can look into

This information is not meant as expert professional advice for any person, family, or insurance situation. If you need help for your situation, it’s best to use a financial professional.