The truth about breast cancer is that the financial burdens can be just as devastating as the physical ones. This is why the Canadian Breast Cancer Support Fund (CBCSF) exists – to bridge the gap between the financial reality faced by breast cancer patients and the limited financial assistance available. Cancer-related out-of-pocket expenses, such as medication not covered for treatment, over-the-counter medications, transportation costs, hospital parking, prosthetics, wigs, food, restorative therapies and medical devices add to the burden for patients who are sick, vulnerable and fighting for their lives.
With the help of its generous partners, the CBCSF provides short-term financial support so that patients can focus, simply and solely, on fighting their devastating disease. The breast cancer patients we support are as varied as the women one meets every day – working women, young mothers, students, single women, and the self-employed; women in the earliest states of breast cancer and women diagnosed with Stage IV metastatic breast cancer.
About the breast cancer patients who have received support:
- Almost 80% of patients have an annual household income of $25,000 or less
- 78% of patients are between 40 and 60 years of age
- 25% of patients are living with Stage IV metastatic breast cancer
- 70% of the patients living with metastatic breast cancer are parents of children under the age of 16
The CBCSF is one of the only national organizations actively addressing the devastating economic impact of breast cancer. Millions of dollars are raised in the name of breast cancer and directed to research and education every year, while many patients struggle with expenses related to their diagnosis and treatment. Our goal is to be a leader in raising awareness of this crisis, while also striving to build a community of support around the issue.