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Minnesota Cancer Resources
Minnesota Screening &
Direct Services Resource Guide
**Note: Many of the organizations below have income eligibility requirements – applicants should contact the organization directly to see if they qualify**
Sage Screening Program
- Sage, the largest program within the Sage Screening Program family, is a breast and cervical cancer screening program.
- For eligible women, Sage provides a free screening mammogram and Pap smear as well as the associated office visits.
- If a screening test shows a problem, Sage covers diagnostic services and can often cover treatment, if needed.
- Sage services are available at over 450 clinics throughout the state.
- Eligibility guidelines include women who:
- Are age 40 or older (see website for exceptions for women under 40).
- Have no insurance or are underinsured.
- Have income within Sage guidelines (see website for guidelines).
- Call 1-888-643-2584 to check eligibility and schedule an appointment.
Short Term Emergency Financial Assistance (toward basic living expenses)
The Susan G. Komen® Treatment Assistance Fund bridges the gap for underserved individuals who are actively undergoing breast cancer treatment. Funding helps women of any age who have been diagnosed with breast cancer, at any stage of the disease. Financial assistance is granted to women who meet pre-determined eligibility criteria. Click here to learn more OR go to http://www.cancercare.org/financial for more information.
Angel Foundation "Emergency Financial Assistance Program"
Emergency Financial Assistance, Program Director
612.627.9000 ext. 502 or email@example.com
- Applicants must be 18 years or older and in active treatment for breast cancer (Angel Foundation has additional grants that provide assistance for those with other types of cancer).
- Applicants must be living in or being treated in the seven-county (Anoka, Carver, Dakota, Hennepin, Ramsey, Scott and Washington) metro area.
- Maximum grant amount is $850 per individual per every two years.
Care Partners “Care Partners Financial Assistance”
- Applicants may be in any phase of treatment for breast cancer (Care Partners has additional grants that provide assistance for those with other types of cancer and illnesses).
- Care Partners helps individuals and families on the Iron Range in Northern St. Louis County – cities include Babbitt, Ely, Cook, Tower, Aurora/Hoyt Lakes, Biwabik, Gilbert, Palo, Eveleth, Virginia, Mt. Iron, Lakeland, Buhl, Kinney, Cherry Chisholm, Hibbing, Side Lake, Britt, and Zim.
- Applicants can be a patient at any medical facility.
- Maximum grant amount is $1,200 in the enrollment year, starting at date of enrollment – the applicant is initially granted $400 and if help is still needed, it’s possible to get assistance of $400 two more times if approved by the board.
- A small fund is also available (separate from the Komen grant) for individuals living in Grand Rapids and International Falls who are patients at the Essential Clinic in Hibbing.
- Any questions, patients or a family member should call the Care Partners contact.
Cambridge Medical Center Foundation “Hope Fund”
Cambridge Medical Center
- Applicants must be 18 years or older and in active treatment for breast cancer.
- Applicants must be living in or being treated in Chisago, Mille Lacs, Isanti, Kanabec, Pine, Steele, Waseca, Dodge, Wright, Sherburne, Meeker, McLeod Counties. Some exceptions may apply for individuals who do not qualify for other similar programs.
- Maximum grant amount is $1500.
Circle of Hope
- Circle of Hope is located in Duluth, MN and serves breast cancer patients in northern Minnesota and northern Wisconsin.
- The organization is committed to helping people of any age in poverty and/or financial distress with a breast cancer diagnosis, at any stage with short term help.
- Circle of Hope is a 501c3 breast cancer non-profit recognized by Guide Star, Charities Review Council, BBB and other agencies.
- This program provides financial assistance in two areas:
- Medical bills for breast cancer treatment.
- Assistance with bills for rent/mortgage, utilities, food and gas. (Circle of Hope is building this fund through a series of fundraisers, donations and grants – contact the organization directly to see if funds are available for qualifying applicants) Free financial counseling and support is available to help patients access their needs.
- For breast and gynecological cancer patients, Circle of Hope also provides:
- Emotional support through Circle of Support by way of the telephone calls, the internet, small coffee group meetings, many survivorship and engagement activities.
- Free financial counseling
- Prayer boxes filled with educational materials, a chemo cap, prayer shawl or blanket, prayer squares, slippers and other items are sent or given to patients.
- Metastatic Breast Cancer:
- There are special programs for various areas related to breast cancer patients, some local, others out of the area.
- Circle of Hope also funds metastatic breast cancer research at UMD medical school.
Hope Chest for Breast Cancer Emergency Assistance Program
The Cancer Care Center at Regions Hospital
- Applicants must be receiving breast cancer treatments within the Cancer Care Center, with locations at Regions Hospital in Saint Paul or the HealthPartners Riverside Clinic in Minneapolis.
- Applicant should talk with a Cancer Care Center social worker for more details regarding the grant amount.
Frauenshuh Cancer Center
Hennepin County Medical Center
Masonic Cancer Center - University of Minnesota
Susan Pappas-Varco, RN, MA
. Applicants must be in active treatment (chemo and/or radiation) for breast cancer at Fairview Health System or Masonic Cancer Center – University of Minnesota.
Piper Breast Center at Abbott Northwestern Hospital
Ridgeview Medical Center
Mercy & Unity Hospitals Foundation “Breast Cancer Patient Financial Assistance Grants”
- Applicants must be 18 years or older.
- Applicants must be in active treatment for breast cancer at Unity Hospital or Mercy Hospital.
- Maximum grant amount is $1,500 per patient per year.
Pay it Forward Fund
Contact: Sheila or Debbie (9am-1pm on Tuesday & Friday)
Patient Volunteer Coordinator
(952) 442-2191 x6369#
- Applicants must be receiving treatment (surgery, chemo and/or radiation) for breast cancer at Buffalo, Fairview Maple Grove, Glencoe, HCMC, Maple Grove, Mercy, Methodist, Monticello, North Memorial, Northland, Ridgeview, Sibley & Unity medical centers in Minnesota. Pay it Forward Fund has additional grants that provide assistance for those with other types of women’s cancer.
- Maximum grant amount is $1,500 per patient per year.
Pay it Forward Fund – Red Wing
Mayo Clinic Health System – Red Wing
- Patients from the Red Wing service area who are currently being treated, or who have completed treatment for any type of cancer are eligible to receive assistance.
- Financial assistance toward basic living expenses, “essentials” such as utilities, housing, child care, transportation, etc.
St. Joseph’s Foundation – Essentia Health “Pink Ribbon Cupboard”
- Applicants must be in active treatment for breast cancer.
- Applicants preferably should live in Aitkin, Cass or Crow Wing County, but will consider requests from other outstate counties as funds allow.
- Maximum grant amount is $1,000.
Meal Preparation and Delivery
Open Arms of Minnesota “Healthy, Organic and Sustainably Sourced Meals for People with Breast Cancer”
Client Service Representative
- Meals are free, regardless of income, and we use the highest quality ingredients --- including organic, whenever possible.
- Applicants must be in active treatment for breast cancer (Open Arms has additional grants that provide assistance for those with other types of cancer and illnesses).
- Applicants must be living in the Twin Cities metropolitan area (694/494 loop).
Cancer Legal Care “Breast Cancer Legal Project (BCLP)”
-Cancer Legal Care provides free legal care to Minnesotans affected by cancer who otherwise have no access to an attorney’s help for the legal issues that directly impact their health and quality of life. By doing so, our clients are better able to focus their energies on healing rather than an endless loop of "what if" and worry.
- Applicants must reside or work in Minnesota.
- Applicants are eligible for services at anytime from diagnosis on.
Education and Support
African American Breast Cancer Alliance (AABCA)
- The African American Breast Cancer Alliance (AABCA) seeks to empower women to take charge of their health and take care of their lives by becoming knowledgeable about breast cancer.
- The AABCA is dedicated to providing hope, awareness, education, emotional and social support to breast cancer survivors, their family members and the community.
- Information and action is particularly important because Black women tend to have more aggressive breast cancers at younger ages and benefit from earlier detection and aggressive treatments.
American Cancer Society
Look Good Feel Better
(800) ACS-2345 (800-227-2345) www.cancer.org/
- Licensed volunteer cosmetologists teach cancer patients techniques to restore their appearance and self-image during chemotherapy and radiation.
- This program is made possible through a collaboration of the Personal Care Products Council Foundation, the American Cancer Society, and the Professional Beauty Association/National Cosmetology Association.
Reach to Recovery
(800) ACS-2345 (800-227-2345) www.cancer.org/
- Female breast cancer survivors are matched with women facing a diagnosis of breast cancer.
- One-on-one support is given through visits between the survivor and patient (either face-to-face or phone visits).
- Visitors are matched to the patient based on the concerns the patient expresses, type of surgery, reconstruction, age at diagnosis, etc.
Angel Foundation “Facing Cancer Together”
Facing Cancer Together, Program Director
Melissa Turgeon, MPS, ATR, CCLS
612.627-9000 ext. 507 or
At Angel Foundation, we recognize that the whole family is affected by a cancer diagnosis. The goal of our Facing Cancer Together program is to help adult cancer patients and their families develop communication and coping strategies to combat the stress and anxiety that often accompany a cancer diagnosis. With these tools, each family can build upon their own strengths and continue to thrive during difficult times.
The Facing Cancer Together program provides expertise in adult oncology support. Focusing on how cancer affects the entire family, we provide consults throughout the entire cancer experience (new diagnosis, survivorship, recurrence, end-of-life), year-round therapeutic programs, and a variety of online resources.
- Who qualifies for Facing Cancer Together?
Facing Cancer Together is offered to Minnesota families with children (ages 0-26) who are facing a parental or caregiver cancer diagnosis. Program activities are provided free-of-charge to any local family, including those who do not qualify for Angel Foundation’s Emergency Financial Assistance program.
- What do parents learn?
Parenting through cancer can be difficult. Through Facing Cancer Together programming, parents learn how to open up healthy lines of communication with their children; how to talk honestly about their diagnosis; and to be aware of different behaviors that may manifest in their child. Parents are also encouraged to reflect on their own needs, identify reliable self-care techniques, and build a support network through interaction with other families who attend program activities.
- What do children learn?
Children learn about cancer by attending age-appropriate programs such as Camp Angel, medical play sessions, field trips, and family retreats. These activities also teach children they cannot “catch” cancer (nor did they cause their parent’s cancer) and that it’s okay to cry. Lastly, they benefit from a community of strong peer support alongside other kids who are going through a similar experience. Through Facing Cancer Together, children see that they do not have to go through the cancer experience alone.
- Clinical expertise
Melissa Turgeon, Facing Cancer Together Program Director, has 15 years of clinical experience in pediatric and adult oncology support. As a trained art therapist and Certified Child Life Specialist, her background and experience includes new diagnosis, treatment, coping interventions, maintenance, survivorship, grief and loss.
Cleaning for a Reason
Contact Phone: (877) 337-3348
Open weekdays from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm CST
Providing services in cities across United States and in Canada, our maid services take on two patients at a time, each of whom receives one general house cleaning per month for four consecutive months. However, we can’t always guarantee there will be an available maid service in your area.
Please be sure to fill out the application completely so we may begin the process of matching you with a maid service as soon as possible. If during this process you learn there is no maid services available in your area, please continue filling out the application, so that our system may continue to search for a match.
Once you are matched, you will be asked to provide us with a note from your physician confirming you are in treatment. Upon receipt of that note, you will be notified by the maid service to schedule your first cleaning.
- The Firefly Sisterhood connects women diagnosed with breast cancer and trained local breast cancer survivors to offer support, guidance and hope though phone calls, email, texts, or meeting in person.
Gilda’s Club Twin Cities
Contact: (612) 227-2147
- Gilda’s Club Twin Cities (GCTC) is the local affiliate of the Cancer Support Community, a network of more than 57 supportive, free and welcoming “clubhouses” where everyone living with cancer can come for social, emotional and psychological support.
- The Gilda’s Club program is grounded in a one-of-a-kind model of social and emotional support, professionally facilitated and designed by and for those who know first-hand what living with cancer requires.
- This program honors all viewpoints and encourages members to create a customized plan based on their personal needs and wants.
-GCTC's comprehensive, evidence-based program tests on five cornerstones: Support, Education, Healthy Lifestyle, Social Opportunities, Information and Referrals.
- All programs are free of charge and available to anyone impacted by cancer.
Living Beyond Breast Cancer (LBBC)
Contact: (855) 807-6386
- Living Beyond Breast Cancer offers programs and services for people with early stage and metastatic (advanced) breast cancer. These programs are developed with the help of trusted medical experts, professional caregivers and people just like you.
Masonic Cancer Center – University of Minnesota
Susan Pappas-Varco, RN, MA
University Breast Cancer Support Group For women, all ages with new diagnosis or history of breast cancer Meets 3rd Tuesday of each month Noon-1:30 pm, includes light lunch Hope Lodge 2500 University Ave., S.E., Minneapolis, MN 55414
University Metastatic Breast Cancer Support Group
Focus on unique issues of individuals with stage 4 breast cancer
Meets 2nd Tuesday of each month 9:00-10:30 am Hope Lodge 2500 University Ave., S.E., Minneapolis, MN 55414
Young Survivors Breast Cancer Support Group Focus on unique issues of young individuals with breast cancer, ages 20 to 40’s Meets 3rd Thursday of each month. 6:30-8:00 pm Hope Lodge, 2500 University Ave SE, Minneapolis
Pathways Health Crisis Resource Center
- Pathways’ mission is to provide resources and services for people with life-threatening illness to explore and experience complementary healing approaches.
- Pathways serves individuals who seek healing for body, mind and spirit, offering complementary healing services designed specifically for people affected by health crisis.
- Pathways provides a safe, warm, creative, and nurturing environment in which participants can examine the possibilities of healing through means other than conventional Western medical treatment.
- You've got the power. The power to protect your family from cancer with genetic counseling.
- Breast and ovarian cancer can run in families. If you have a family history of breast or ovarian cancer, genetic counseling gives you the super power to protect you and your family by predicting the likelihood of cancer for you and others in your family.
- By talking with an expert called a genetic counselor, you can be better informed about your family’s risk. And when you’ve got the knowledge, you’ve got the power to learn more about the steps you can take to protect you and your family’s health.
Virginia Piper Cancer Institute at Abbott Northwestern Hospital “Support Resources for Women living with Metastatic Breast Cancer”
Virginia Piper Cancer Institute offers the following support resources related to metastatic breast cancer:
- Together in Transition- support group for those living with metastatic breast cancer held at Abbott Northwestern Hospital. The purpose of this group is to help women share thoughts, feelings and information with each other when metastatic breast cancer becomes a part of their lives. The intent is to provide a comfortable and caring environment that promotes quality of life, self care and learning to focus on things that are within one's control. This group meets the 2nd and 4th Thursday of each month.
- Support group for those with metastatic breast cancer at Unity Hospital.
- Education programs for those with metastatic breast cancer and their families.
- Jack's Caregiver Coalition: Our mission Is to serve male caregivers by building a community that fortifies them. We aim to foster positive relationships within our community so that they will be empowered to receive the support that they need through camaraderie and shared experience. The resources that we gather will aim to enlighten them; and also provide emotional, practical, financial and social support.
Susan G. Komen Support Groups for Men with Breast Cancer
To learn more, call the Komen Breast Care Helpline at 1-877- GO KOMEN (1-877-465-6636) or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Susan G. Komen offers free, 12-week telephone support groups for men with breast cancer. These groups provide a safe place for men to discuss challenges of breast cancer, get information and exchange support.
American Cancer Society “Hope Lodge”
(800) ACS-2345 (800-227-2345)
- Hope Lodge offers free, overnight housing for cancer patients while they are being treated for cancer and a comfortable place where you can find support and friendship from others going through the same thing.
American Cancer Society “Road to Recovery”
(800) ACS-2345 (800-227-2345) http://www.cancer.org/treatment/supportprogramsservices/road-to-recovery
- The American Cancer Society provides assistance to help cancer patients get to and from their treatment appointments, including the Road to Recovery Program where rides are provided by trained volunteer drivers.
Air Charity Network
(877) 621-7177 www.aircharitynetwork.org
-Provides air travel to treatment centers.
(800) 813-HOPE (800-813-4673) www.cancercare.org
- Offers limited financial help to cover treatment-related transportation and childcare costs.
Corporate Angel Network
(866) 328-1313 www.corpangelnetwork.org
- Provides air travel to treatment centers.
National Patient Travel Center
(800) 296-1217 www.patienttravel.org
- Provides air travel to treatment centers.
Raquel’s Wings for Life
(940) 627-1050 www.raquelswingsforlife.com
- Provides air travel to treatment centers.
Health Care Assistance (medical items and prescription drugs)
CancerCare Co-payment Assistance Foundation
(866) 55-COPAY (866-552-6729) www.cancercarecopay.org
- Offers health insurance co-payment assistance to breast cancer patients undergoing some types of chemotherapy.
Susan G. Komen for the Cure® and CancerCare’s Linking A.R.M.S.™
1-877-GO-KOMEN (1-877-465-6636) www.cancercare.org
- Linking A.R.M.S.™ is a partnership between Susan G. Komen for the Cure® and CancerCare.
- For those who are eligible, Linking A.R.M.S.™ provides financial assistance grants of up to $350.
- These grants can be used for oral chemotherapy and hormonal therapy medications, pain and anti-nausea medication, medical equipment and lymphedema support and supplies.
Susan G. Komen for the Cure® and the Patient Advocate Foundation’s Co-Pay Relief Program
(866) 512-3861 www.copays.org
- The Co-Pay Relief Program (CPR) is a partnership between Susan G. Komen for the Cure® and the Patient Advocate Foundation (PAF).
- CPR provides direct financial support for pharmaceutical drug co-payment assistance to insured patients, including those with Medicare Part D, who qualify.
- This program offers call counselors who personally guide patients through the enrollment process.
Partnership for Prescription Assistance (PPA)
(888) 4PPA-NOW (888-477-2669) www.pparx.org/
- Offers low-cost and free prescription drug programs for those with limited income.
- Provides information on how to find pharmaceutical manufacturer assistance programs.
Wigs, Scarves, Hats, Caps, Bras & Accessories
Ruth’s Free Wig Closet at Jeanie & Co.
Jean Thompson at (218) 838-0441
116 Minnesota Avenue North
Aitkin, MN 56431
- Ruth’s Free Wig Closet program is available for patients undergoing treatment for cancer, including at no charge: Wig, Wig styling and cutting, Hats, Scarves, Caps, Personalized help choosing and tips on how to wear them
- The Wig Closet is located in Aitkin, MN and operates by appointment only.
- Ruth’s Free Wig Closet is happy to send a wig anywhere in the United States or Canada, and can assist with how to measure your head even if the client can't visit them in person.
- If interested in receiving a wig through the mail, individuals should start by looking at Paula Young Wigs.
Hennepin County Medical Center
Patient Navigator at 612-873-9902
- Contact the Patient Navigator for assistance if you or someone you know is a cancer patient of Hennepin County Medical Center (HCMC). For any patient undergoing cancer treatment, regardless of their insurance status (eg insured, uninsured or underinsured). Patients are eligible for one wig every rolling 12 months while they are in active treatment. It is not required to be a patient of Hennepin County Medical Center to receive assistance. Call for an appointment.
Contact: (763) 544-9126
2756 Douglas Drive N.
Crystal, MN 55422
- Fantasia's hair replacement services include custom designed wigs and hairpieces, prosthetic eyelashes and prosthetic eyebrows.
Caring and Comfort LLC
Contact: (651) 383-8010
1747 Ford Parkway
St. Paul, MN 55116
- Custom wig makers.
Underneath It All
Contact: (952) 937-9252
7942 Mitchell Road #102
Eden Prairie, MN 55344
-Fitting your intimate needs after breast surgery: Mastectomy Bras, Breast Forms, Wicking Sleepwear, Swimwear & Accessories.
-Appointments are available at their store in Eden Prairie and a variety of hospitals (offered on certain days of the month). Check their website for more details.
-Underneath It All also accepts used breast forms and mastectomy bras that are nice and in good condition and distributes them to women in need.
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