Last Updated on May 17, 2024

How To Find Cancer Treatment Support in New York City

New York houses several world-renowned cancer centers. However, not everyone can gain access to these facilities and the treatments they offer outright. The state of New York provides various financial assistance programs to its constituents so that they may get the medical attention that they need.

Patients often require a wide range of support beyond medical treatments to help them cope with the physical, emotional, and practical challenges of cancer. This article aims to help cancer patients in New York find the kind of support they need.

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Existing Support from the Government

Across the state of New York, various government programs are in place for cancer patients who require extra assistance. These programs allow everyone to access necessary care, alleviating the burden of cancer for a significant portion of affected New Yorkers.

These government programs include:

MedicaidThis is a joint federal and state program that provides health coverage to low-income individuals, including those with cancer. As of December 2021, more than 7.3 million cancer patients in New York are benefiting from this program. Special programs are also available for affected children.

New York Medicaid Helpline:
(800) 541-2831
(Mon.-Fri: 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM || Sat: 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM)
MedicareThis federal health insurance program is available for cancer patients who are 65 or older – with a few exceptions for younger patients. Through this program, patients benefit from reduced/waived medical expenses for treatment supplies, services, and prescription drugs.

National Medicare Hotline:
1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227) || 1-877-486-2048 
New York City Health and HospitalsA system comprised of an integrated network of healthcare facilities and professionals in NYC. This network caters to around one million patients annually – dedicated to providing accessible and affordable treatments/services. They also provide cancer support through screening, diagnosis, financial counseling, social support, and clinical trials.

NYC H+H Hotline:
1-844-NYC-4NYC (1-844-692-4692)
Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI)This financial assistance program is for individuals within the Social Security System who are unable to work due to a disability or illness.
Supplemental Security Income
This is a financial assistance program for disabled/sick individuals or older adults with little to no income. Through this program, stakeholders receive monthly financial support.

These supports ensure equitable access to cancer care, reduce financial burdens and improve cancer trajectories – especially for less privileged patients.

Support from Non-Government Organizations

In New York City, various non-government organizations (NGOs) support affected individuals by providing emotional support, financial assistance, education, and a sense of community. Some examples of such NGOs are as follows:

InstitutionLocation and ContactSupports Provided
1. American Cancer Society - New York City Address: 132 West 32nd Street, New York, NY 10001

Phone: 1-800-227-2345
- Lodging for patients and caretakers
- Transportation assistance- Support groups- Patient education- Research
2. CancerCareAddress: 275 Seventh Avenue, 22nd Floor, New York, NY 10001

Phone: 800‑813‑4673
- Emotional counseling- Patient education (workshops and publications)- Financial assistance- Specialized support (for specific cancer types)
3. Gilda's Club New York CityAddress: 195 West Houston Street, New York, NY 10014

Phone: 212-647-9700
- Support groups for patients, survivors, and family members- Heath and wellness workshops- Social activities- Short-term counseling and referral
4. SHARE Cancer SupportAddress: 165 West 46th Street, Suite 712, New York, NY, 10036

Phone: 212-719-0364 || 844-275-7427
**specializes in breast, uterine, cervical, and ovarian cancers
- Support groups- Webinars/seminars- Awareness initiatives- Wellness programs (yoga, meditation, etc.)- Clinical trial assistance
5. Leukemia & Lymphoma Society NYCAddress: 61 Broadway, New York, NY 10006

*As of this update, their offices are closed.

Phone: 212-376-7100
**specializes in blood cancers
- Patient education- Support Groups- Financial assistance for treatments- Research- Advocacy initiatives
6. Susan G. Komen Greater New York CityAddress: *No information is available on their New York office*

Phone: 1-877-465-6636
**specializes in breast cancer
- Education and outreach- Screening, diagnosis, treatments- Financial assistance- Support groups- Research
7. Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer CenterAddress: 1275 York Avenue, New York, NY 10065

Phone: 212-639-2000
- Clinical trials- Financial plans for treatments/services- Counseling and rehabilitation- Patient education- Survivorship program

NGO support is essential in the fight against cancer. It complements medical care by providing platforms that improve patients' emotional well-being, financial stability, and quality of life. Through their advocacy, NGOs create a comprehensive, accessible support system for patients and families.

Cancer Support Groups across New York City

Cancer support groups make a real difference in an individual’s cancer journey. Not only do these groups provide emotional support, but they also offer practical help and valuable information. Through such groups, you get the chance to connect with others who truly understand what you're going through, healing together in the process.

Here are some support groups across New York City that you could look into:

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
CancerCare (Manhattan Office)
Mount Sinai
Weill Cornell Medicine 
Maimonides Medical Center
New York-Presbyterian Hospital (Brooklyn)
NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital (Queens)
Elmhurst Cancer Center
CancerCare (Queens Office)
Staten Island University Hospital
Richmond University Medical Center
American Cancer Society (Staten Island Office)
Montefiore Einstein Cancer Center

Legal Support for Misdiagnosed NYC Cancer Patients

According to the New York State Department of Health, around 115,000 New Yorkers are diagnosed with cancer every year. Of all these cases, latest figures suggest that only 48.4% of these cancers are detected in their early stages**.

**Figure taken from this report from the NY Department of Health

Delayed diagnoses of cancer result from medical malpractice. Such errors allow cancer to progress and effectively reduce the life expectancy of patients. Negligent doctors can be held liable for medical malpractice. Any damages incurred (economic and non-economic) can be legally compensated. Please check our previous wins for more insight.

At the Porter Law Group, we take pride in helping families rebuild from unfavorable circumstances. If you have any questions regarding cancer misdiagnosis or cancer errors, please reach out for a no-obligation, free consultation. We operate on a contingency basis – meaning you don’t have to pay anything unless we win.

You may also contact us at 833-PORTER9 or to schedule an appointment.

Written By
Eric C. Nordby
Personal Injury Attorney
Eric, with nearly three decades of experience in personal injury litigation, holds a law degree with honors from the University at Buffalo School of Law and a Bachelor's Degree from Cornell University. His extensive career encompasses diverse state and federal cases, resulting in substantial client recoveries, and he actively engages in legal associations while frequently lecturing on legal topics.
Legally Reviewed on April 17, 2024
Michael S. Porter
Personal Injury Attorney
Originally from Upstate New York, Mike built a distinguished legal career after graduating from Harvard University and earning his juris doctor degree from Syracuse University College of Law. He served as a Captain in the United States Army Judge Advocate General’s Corps, gaining expertise in trial work, and is now a respected trial attorney known for securing multiple million-dollar results for his clients while actively participating in legal organizations across Upstate NY.
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