Alberta Cancer Foundation

Patient Financial Assistant Program

Helping People with Cancer Focus on What Matters Most: Healing

The challenges that come with a cancer diagnosis often extend beyond the medical treatment itself—such as navigating a complex health-care system and balancing the demands of day to day living during treatments. These challenges can increase for people with restricted income opportunities, no employee health insurance, and who live in other urban or rural communities across the province. For some, the financial burden of cancer can mean choosing between treatment and simply being able to pay their bills.

The Alberta Cancer Foundation’s Patient Financial Assistance Program offers support to eligible patients who have financial needs, addressing some of the direct costs of care, such as travel and accommodations for appointments and medications not covered by insurance. Patients may also use a portion of their funds towards other indirect expenses, such as groceries or utility bills.

Last year, the Patient Financial Assistance Program provided financial support to hundreds of families in 135 communities across the province. Because this support program is funded solely by donations, your contributions play a pivotal role in improving the cancer journey for so many Albertans, allowing them to focus on what matters most: healing.

Michael Kosterman

Donate Now to Support Patient Experience in Alberta Through Programs Like the Patient Financial Assistance Program

"The difference that donors make is lifesaving. The money that we got from the Patient Financial Assistance Program meant that we could eat. It meant that [my wife] Diedra could travel to visit me in the hospital. It made all the difference. So, I thank them from the bottom of my heart for their donations.”

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If you are a patient or family member who wish support in accessing financial supports, please go to Social Work for Patients and Families

Southern Alberta

Tom Baker Cancer Centre
Patient Resource Office

Northern Alberta

Cross Cancer Institute
Psychosocial and Spiritual Resources

To learn more about cancer support programs in your community, please contact Martine Grenon-Lafontaine, Manager of Community Engagement, at 587.224.5865 or