Getting Legal Help During and After a Cancer Diagnosis

Getting Legal Help After Cancer
This page was originally published December 5, 2019 and updated September 24, 2022.

Free Legal Help for Cancer Patients

We know that receiving a cancer diagnosis is one of the most harrowing experiences one can ever have. The road is fraught with health, financial, and family challenges and you may find yourself in need of expert legal advice. If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with cancer and need legal assistance, resources are available for free. Whether you need assistance getting treatment or want to understand your rights, we have put together some legal aid services to help you on your way.

In this article, we will talk about three invaluable resources that offer free legal help for cancer patients:

National Cancer Legal Services Network

The National Cancer Legal Services Network is dedicated to providing cancer patients with resources and advocates in the fight for treatment, recovery, and preserving patient dignity.

Cancer treatment is not only expensive but it also has a range of legal considerations that require the input of trained experts that the National Cancer Legal Services Network has on file and is ready to help connect patients.

Whether dealing with insurance companies, employment, housing, or future care and treatment, the NCLSN offers one of the most varied and comprehensive approaches to legal resources specifically created for cancer patients.

Cancer Legal Resource Center

A part of the Disability Rights Legal Center, a 501(c)(3) organization devoted to advocating for the rights of the disabled and otherwise physically impaired, the Cancer Legal Resource Center has multiple outreach programs that are both community based as well as information via its website and a dedicated telephone line.

The Cancer Legal Resource Center tasks itself with relieving patients of the worry over estate planning, employment issues, treatment directives, and other issues that come up with a cancer diagnosis.

This is part of a holistic process aimed at the patient’s recovery and preservation of her rights. The CLRC takes a real “knowledge is power” approach and attempts to educate cancer patients on the multifaceted aspects of treatment and life during and after.

A part of the online network, is less specific than the two organizations mentioned above but it is no less comprehensive.

From assistance with filling out forms to forums where lawyers and patients interact in friendly, informative question-and-answer format conversations, might take a little bit more work on the patient’s part but definitely has a comprehensive set of resources. One of the better aspects of is its knowledge of state specific laws and programs. Sometimes this local expertise can mean the difference between a patient learning of the existence of a program or not. Like the two other resources above, has an educational bent to its format but is a bit denser and more difficult to find exactly what you want. We recommend using it in combination with one of the websites listed above.

More Free Help for Cancer Patients

For more free services from no-cost prescriptions to assistance paying your rent, please visit Free Financial Help for Cancer Patients for an extensive list of resources to help you and your family during this challenging time.

Free Financial Medical Legal Help for Cancer Patients

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  1. Fantastic information and straight to the point. This is the kind of info that needs to be shared more. It gives hope and helps people cope better. Feeling overwhelmed and as if there is no help for you is no way to go through cancer.

  2. Having worked with the Cancer Legal Resource Center myself, I can say that it a fantastic place that not only helps patients and their family members, but doesn’t exclude anyone. If they can help you with something, they will go above and beyond to do so.

  3. Anytime I find good resources like this, I share them as much as possible on all my social accounts. This kind of information can change someone’s outlook on their diagnosis.

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