Help with career, financial and other practical concerns

Once diagnosed with cancer, many patients encounter challenges related to insurance, employment, financials and scholarship opportunities. Below is a list of resources to help you overcome these types of challenges. 


Some cancer survivors struggle to reenter the job market. But unless you have physical or mental disabilities that limit the type of work you can do, your experience with cancer shouldn’t affect your ability to get a job. 

Under the American with Disabilities Act (ADA), an employer can’t ask you about your medical history, and you’re not required to disclose medical information or history to your employer. However, there may be situations where it could be helpful to tell them – like if you need a flexible schedule to accommodate follow-up appointments. Your employer is legally obligated to provide reasonable accommodations to ensure you’re comfortable while attending to your medical needs. 

If you have additional questions, here’s a list of great resources: 


There are many finance-related education resources available for cancer survivors. 

Here are a few of the best:


It will probably more difficult for you to qualify for life insurance after you’re diagnosed with cancer. Coverage will vary by insurance company, and requirements will likely be based on the type of cancer you had, and how long ago you received treatment. It’s important to research different companies, and check with your employer, who may have an accessible plan that’s part of your company benefits package. 

Some additional insurance resources: 


There are many scholarship resources available to cancer survivors. Browse the websites below to learn more about each opportunity. 

  • FinAid Cancer Scholarships: A list of scholarships for cancer patients and survivors, their children, students who have lost a parent to cancer and students pursuing careers in cancer treatment. 
  • Patient Advocate Foundation: This organization offers scholarships to students who have survived life-threatening, chronic or debilitating disease. 
  • The SAMFund: The Surviving and Moving Forward Fund grants scholarships to cancer survivors between the ages of 17 and 35, who live in the U.S. 

Other helpful resources:

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