Last Updated on May 17, 2024

How To Find Cancer Treatment Support in Buffalo

Beyond their medical woes, cancer patients also face numerous challenges in other aspects of their lives. Said challenges include emotional distress, financial burdens, and social isolation (to name a few). Fortunately, government institutions and non-government organizations provide support for patients in need of further assistance.

Across New York, various programs and facilities are made accessible to cancer patients for holistic improvement. These support systems aim to alleviate the overwhelming challenges and improve quality of life throughout their journey.

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Existing Support from the Government

Government support is a lifeline for underprivileged cancer patients. Through these supports, patients in need can access critical care and are eased from financial stress. They level the playing field – giving everyone a fighting chance against this devastating disease.

These government-facilitated supports include (but are not limited to):

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 
Erie County Cancer Services ProgramFunded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), this program provides cancer screenings, diagnostics, and education to uninsured and underinsured individuals. Partnering with over 100 healthcare professionals and facilities, the program serves more than 1,000 Erie County residents annually.

Address: 95 Franklin St., Buffalo, NY 14202
Phone: (716) 858-7376

Support from Non-Government Organizations

Non-government organizations play a vital role in supporting cancer patients and their families. Through essential resources, emotional support, and advocacy, these organizations help people navigate challenges in their cancer journey with greater ease.

Here are some notable Buffalo-based organizations:

InstitutionLocation and ContactSupports Provided
Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer CenterAddress: 665 Elm St, Buffalo, NY 14203

Phone: 1-800-767-9355; 716-845-2300
– Comprehensive cancer treatments– Clinical trials and research– Nutrition counseling, physical therapy, and pain management– Psychosocial and emotional counseling– Cancer prevention and screening programs– Financial support programs
Breast Cancer Network of West New YorkAddress: 742 Delaware Ave Suite 120, Buffalo, NY 14209

Phone: 716-706-0060
**specializes in breast cancer
– Peer support and mentoring programs– Educational workshops and conferences– Advocacy and awareness initiatives– Financial assistance for treatment-related expenses– Wellness and self-care programs
Brian Moorman's P.U.N.T. FoundationAddress: 712 Main Street, Suite 103, Buffalo, NY 14202

Phone: 716-200-3458
**specializes in pediatric cancer
– Financial assistance for families affected by pediatric cancer– Emotional support through community events– Advocacy and awareness initiatives– Partnerships with local hospitals and organizations to provide additional support services

Cancer Support Groups in Buffalo

Cancer support groups offer a safe space for patients to connect, share experiences, and find emotional support. This allows patients to improve their mental well-being and resilience throughout their cancer journey.

Here are some support groups within Buffalo:

CENTRAL BUFFALO
Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center
Elm & Carlton Streets, Buffalo, NY 14263 (716-845-8022)
Breast & GYN Resource Center - Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center
Elm & Carlton Streets, Buffalo, NY 14263 (716-845-4432; Coordinator)
WEST BUFFALO
Hope for Two...The Pregnant with Cancer Network
PO BOX 253, Amherst, NY 14226 (800-743-4471 || http://www.hopefortwo.org/)

Legal Support for Misdiagnosed Cancer Patients in Buffalo

Around 115,000 New Yorkers are diagnosed with cancer every year. According to the New York State Department of Health,  only 48.4% of these cancers are detected in their early stages**. Delayed diagnoses of cancer can happen due to medical malpractice.

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

Medical errors allow cancer to progress – making the disease more difficult to battle for affected 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 info@porterlawteam.com 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 19, 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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