Frequently Asked Questions
How long has the CBCSF been a registered charity?
We received charitable status in March 2011. We have been distributing funds since April of 2012. We are a breast cancer charity with a unique mission: we provide financial support to breast cancer patients and raise awareness about the importance of the role of prevention in breast cancer.
Who is eligible to apply for financial assistance?
Breast cancer patients (male and female) who are in 'active' treatment or are within two months of completing 'active' treatment. (For the purposes of the Application process, 'active' treatment refers to surgery, chemotherapy and radiation. We do not reimburse for the cost of tamoxifen or aromatase inhibitors (Arimdex, Aromasin and Faslodex) and do not reimburse expenses for patients who are on longer-term treatments such as Herceptin, or bisphosphonates. The ONE exception to this policy are patients who have been diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer.
Who does CBCSF support?
While we acknowledge that every person who is diagnosed with breast cancer experiences a financial impact, our mandate is to provide financial assistance for patients who do not have the financial resources to cover the costs of basic necessities such as food and shelter as well as medical and additional expenses related to their treatment.
Furthermore, we prioritize applications we receive according to income levels and frequently find that patients to whom we provide financial assistance are living at or below the poverty line.
How do breast cancer patients apply for funds?
The Canadian Breast Cancer Support Fund has a comprehensive screening process in place that requires patients seeking financial assistance to fill out a comprehensive Application Form and provide financial information (copies of Income Tax Forms and CRA summaries, mortage statement or lease agreement, original receipts for expenses and medical reports about their diagnosis and treatment.
Additionally, the Application From must be signed by the patients' oncologist, primary care nurse or a social worker at the hospital where they are being treated. This process ensures that the advisory committee members who review and assess the applications can be responsible stewards of the donations distributed by the Canadian Breast Cancer Support Fund on behalf of its donors.
What kind of expenses are covered by the CBCSF?
We will reimburse patients for costs associated with food and shelter, hospital parking, wigs, turbans, breast prosthetics, specialty bras, garments for Lymphedema, medications (related to treatment), child care, restorative therapies, and other living expenses. (See the Application Form for complete list and details).
What expenses are not covered by CBCSF?
We do not reimburse patients for the following: Tamoxifen, Aromatase Inhibitors, Credit card payments, cable, phone, property taxes/condo fees, Insurance(s), restaurant receipts, medications not related to treatment and costs associated with accommodation. ( Patients should contact the Canadian Cancer Society for assistance for expenses related to to accomodation and travel expense if patients have to travel a long distances for treatment).
How are the distributed funds used by patients?
What can I do to help?
Become a monthly donor! A $10 monthly donation will help patients with the cost of food, shelter, medications, wigs, prosthetics, hospital parking, child care and restorative therapies.
Read our How to Help page for more information.