- Associated Press - Sunday, September 26, 2010

Even as new cancer treatments offer hope for some, their cost is out of reach for many. Tens of thousands of people seek help from drug companies and charities that provide free medicines or cover copays for people who can’t afford it.

Here is a list of places to seek help:

_ Genentech: http://www.GenentechAccessSolutions.com

_ Novartis: http://www.patientassistancenow.com


_ Patient Advocate Foundation, 800-532-5274 http://www.patientadvocate.org

_ CancerCare, 866-552-6729 http://www.cancercarecopay.org

_ Chronic Disease Fund, 877-968-7233 http://www.cdfund.org

_ Healthwell Foundation, 800-675-8416 http://www.healthwellfoundation.org

_ Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, 877-557-2672 http://www.LLS.org/copay

_ National Organization for Rare Disorders 800-999-6673 http://www.rarediseases.org

_ Patient Access Network Foundation, 866-316-7263 http://www.panfoundation.org

_ Patient Advocate Foundation, 866-512-3861 http://www.copays.org

_ Patient Services Inc., 800-366-7741 http://www.patientservicesinc.org