Travel Assistance (County-based)
If you live in any of the following* counties, you may
qualify for free transportation or mileage reimbursement for travel to and from breast
cancer treatment, support services and diagnostic services. There is no income level
requirement. Contact the individual program to find out more.
*Androscoggin, Franklin, or Oxford Counties: Community
1-800-866-5588 or 207-795-6073
*Penobscot or Piscataquis Counties: Ride
To Wellness Program
973-3695 or 1-866-853-5969
Provides transportation services or mileage reimbursement for
treatment of breast cancer, including diagnostic services, chemotherapy,
radiation, support groups, and more.
*York County: Connecting to Cancer Care
out more about this Maine Cancer Foundation
funded program, which offers a range of options, visit
or call 207-324-5762.
Travel Assistance---Any County:
Angel Flight Northeast: 1-800-549-9980 or www.angelflightne.org
arranges free flights to those requiring access to medical care.
Transit Association: Go to www.mainetransit.org
to find out about transportation options in your county.
Road to Recovery: Road
to Recovery provides free transportation to treatments through American Cancer
Assistance for People in Cancer Treatment
Arbor House: Located near Central Maine Medical
Center in Lewiston, Arbor
House provides lodging for patients and their families. For more
information about the Arbor House, call 207-795-2398.
AstraZeneca Hope Lodge: AstraZeneca
Hope Lodge, Boston,
MA, offers a free place to stay for patients who travel to Boston for treatments.
617-396-5500 or 1-800-227-2345
Sarah's House of Maine, Holden: Sarah's
House is a place where CancerCare of Maine patients can find a home away from
home while undergoing their treatments. All
patients must be referred by the patient advocate team at CancerCare of Maine
(Brewer); they can be reached at 973-7478.
General, Medical, and Support Resources (Maine-based
2-1-1 Maine is a comprehensive statewide
directory of over 8,000 health and human services available in Maine. The toll free
2-1-1 hotline connects callers to trained call specialists who can help 24 hours a
day, 7 days a week. Finding the answers to health and human services questions and
locating resources is as quick and easy as dialing 2-1-1 or visiting www.211maine.org.
Beth C. Wright Cancer Resource Center: Ellsworth, Maine 207-664-0339
Beth C. Wright Cancer Center serves Hancock and Washington Counties,
where the incidence, prevalence, and mortality rates for cancer far
exceed both the state and national averages. The Beth C. Wright Center
is the place to go if you have been diagnosed with cancer. The Center's
mission is to "offer hope, knowledge, and support to cancer patients,
their families, caregivers and friends by providing a source of
information, social services and compassion through all stages of the
cancer journey." The services are free of charge.
For information, visit the Center's website, call 207-664-0339, or email the Center
Cancer Freebies http://breastcancerfreebies.com/Free
resources for people with breast cancer:
The Breast Cancer Freebies
website provides information and links to many organizations "whose mission it
is to make the breast cancer journey a little easier and take the burden off
your wallet with free wigs, hats, make-up,
house cleaning, transportation, and more."CancerCare (not
to be confused with CancerCare of Maine) is a nonprofit that offers free support
and resources for cancer patients and their caregivers. They offer counseling (including
via phone or online), support groups, "Connect Education Workshops (TM)",
publications, financial assistance, co-payment assistance, and more. http://www.cancercare.org/CancerCare Co-Payment Assistance
Foundation (not to be confused with CancerCare of Maine) is a nonprofit organization
that helps people being treated for cancer pay for the insurance co-payments on the
prescription medicines they need. Breast cancer is one of the cancers covered by this
program. To find out if you are eligible, call 1-866-55-copay (1-866-552-6729) or
go to http://www.cancercopay.org.
Cancer Resource Foundation cancer1source.org
508-630-2243 Free, customized cancer resources including a national genetic testing
copay assistance program, help with post-mastectomy products and services, and other
Support Center of Maine: 207-469-6363
The Cancer Support Center
of Maine provides free services to cancer patients & survivors in Maine through
outreach, education, advocacy, and social support. Their goal is to help people
navigate the often complex and confusing bureaucracy of health management in a time
of crisis with an emphasis on free or reduced cost programs.
Coordinates the provision of donated healthcare services for low-income, uninsured
residents in four Maine counties (Cumberland, Lincoln, Waldo and Kennebec).
The program, a partnership between MaineHealth, physicians, hospitals, and other healthcare
providers, helps community members who don't qualify for public or private healthcare
coverage programs get comprehensive, medically necessary healthcare.
Connections Programs, Bangor: 941-2808
Caring Connections is a non-profit cooperative program of the Bangor YMCA and Eastern
Maine Medical Center, providing outreach, education, advocacy, and support, as well
as access to quality breast and cervical health services. Our primary goal is to improve
the physical and emotional health/wellness of women in northern and downeast Maine.
We provide access to no-cost breast and cervical screenings for women age 40-64
through the Maine Breast & Cervical Health Program. And through a special grant
we provide breast exams and imaging for qualifying women age 20-39 (20-29 with symptoms
and 30 – 39 either with symptoms or a family history of breast cancer).
If you have been diagnosed with Breast Cancer, we are here to help.
- As An Advocate: A Caring Connections staff person can accompany
you to your appointments. We can take notes at your consults and help you to think
of questions to ask.
- Support Groups: We offer a weekly support group for all breast
cancer survivors. The meeting is followed by an hour of upper body stretching and
range of motion exercises in the warm water pool. Caring Connections staff can also
put you in touch with other support groups around the state. Support is also offered
to young survivors.
- The Breast Cancer Support Network: We can help you connect with
other survivors who have had a similar type of surgery or treatment. They can share
their experiences with you.
- Family Activities: Picnics, bowling, movie nights … a
chance to connect with other families affected by breast cancer.
- Annual Survivors Retreat: A weekend retreat free to breast cancer
survivors is held every fall at the Bangor YMCA Wilderness Center at Camp Jordan.
- Educational Programs: Educational programs are offered throughout
the year on a variety of topics based on needs identified by participants.
- Monthly Newsletter/Calendar of Events: An email or mailed version
to anyone who would like to be on the mailing list, provides up-to-date activities
and other current information of interest. You can also find us on Facebook.
- Referrals to other community resources: Help with medical bills,
transportation and other costs.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
(CDC) Breast Cancer and Mammography Information
Find out where you can get a free or low-cost mammogram or Pap
smear. To learn more about CDC related cancer programs, you can contact
them toll-free at 800-232-4636 or e-mail them at email@example.com.
Cochrane Collaboration and the Cochrane
Cochrane Collaboration is an international not-for-profit organization,
providing up-to-date information about the effects of health care.
Systematic reviews are their main product and are published
electronically in successive issues of The Cochrane
Although it requires a paid subscription to access the Cochrane
Library's extensive reviews and resources, free summaries of studies on
many health-related topics can be accessed at the site. To access free
Cochrane Library summaries of breast cancer-related studies click
Dr. Susan Love
about breast cancer, including recent research, and women's health.
Force (Facing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered)
a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization and website founded by Dr. Sue Friedman after
her own diagnosis of breast cancer at the age of 32. Their website provides help and
direction to women at risk for hereditary breast and/or ovarian cancer, as well as
information about options for managing and living with these risk factors. Your can
call their toll-free helpline at866-RISK(7475) or email them at firstname.lastname@example.org.
(Also see Washington Hancock Community Agency listing below.)
Contact the Community Action Program (CAP) office nearest to you. Call
the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) at (207) 626-4600 or
1-800-452-4688. If hearing impaired: TTY 1-800-452-4603
oil assistance. 1- 877-Joe-4-oil www.citizensenergy.com/main/Home.html
Joe Andruzzi Foundation:
The Patient Touchdown Grant Program helps cancer
patients and their families alleviate financial stress by providing one-time
grants up to $700 to cover pressing daily living expenses.
Living Beyond Breast Cancer www.lbbc.org
From the Living Beyond Breast Cancer website:
"Living Beyond Breast Cancer (LBBC) is dedicated to assisting you, whether you
diagnosed, in treatment, recently completed treatment, are years beyond or are
living with metastatic
We are also here for your family members, caregivers, friends and
healthcare providers to provide breast cancer information and support.
a national education and support organization, our goal is to improve
your quality of life and help you take an active role in your ongoing
recovery or management of the disease, regardless of educational
background, social support or financial means."
Learn to cope with
appearance-related side effects of cancer treatment. Look
Good… Feel Better
is a free program to help women who are undergoing cancer treatment.
It is offered in group sessions which provide education, information,
• Practice make-up techniques with
informed about free wigs and turbans
• Take home complimentary
Good ... Feel Better is a free program sponsored by the American
Cancer Society, the Personal Care Products Council, and the National Cosmetology
Wadsworth Women's Health Center: Located in Bangor.
Wadsworth Women's Health Center offers annual exams, breast health and
menopause education, and support to all Maine women, especially those who are
of limited income, lesbian and/or women with disabilities.
Komen Maine®: Visit the Maine
Affiliate site for helpful information, including a Resources
page that has information and links to local, state, and national resources.
Maine Breast and Cervical
Health Program: 1-800-350-5180;
if hearing impaired: TTY 711 (Maine Relay)
CDC Maine Breast and Cervical Health Program (CDC-MBCHP) is a state and
federally funded program which provides free screening for the early
detection of breast and cervical cancer. A woman is eligible for the
MBCHP if she is 40 or older*; has no health insurance, or health insurance that does
not cover mammograms or Pap tests, or has high deductibles, and her income falls within
*(There are limited openings for
women age 35-39 who have seen a doctor and need additional tests for a possible breast
cervical cancer OR if they have not had a Pap in 5 or more years.)
207-287-2674, TTY 711
Provides health insurance
to people meeting income and asset restriction guidelines.
MaineHealth Learning Resource Center:
Offers a helpful website for anyone affected by cancer:
1-877-275-1787 Provides help with paying for prescription medications.
Medicare: 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227) http://www.maine.gov/dhhs/oes/resource/medicare.htm#
Medicare is health insurance for people age 65 or older and under age 65
with certain disabilities.
National Breast Cancer Coalition (NBCC) http://www.breastcancerdeadline2020.org/breast-cancer-information/?source=kbc
(for breast cancer resources)
The National Breast Cancer
is a free online guide for those diagnosed with breast cancer. Click
here for "Breast Cancer Facts and Figures" from the National
Breast Cancer Coalition. To read NBCC's "31 Myths and Truths About Breast Cancer"
National Cancer Institute (includes the Cancer Information Service) www.nci.nih.gov/cancertopics/types/breast
National Library of Medicine's Medline Plus Breast Cancer Information
A service of the US National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes
of Health. Provides links to the latest news in breast cancer research. Also has many
interesting interactive tools and general information about breast cancer.
National Lymphedema Network www.lymphnet.org
Patient Access Network (PAN) Foundation:
866-316-PANF (7263) http://www.PANFoundation.org
Provides co-payment assistance to underinsured patients with chronic
diseases, including breast cancer. Qualified patients will be granted up
to $7,500 per year to cover out-of-pocket expenses associated with
their treatment. Patients can apply for assistance online or by calling
the toll-free number.
Patient Advocate Foundation: 1-800-532-5274 or www.patientadvocate.org
A national non-profit organization that provides professional case
management services to Americans with chronic, life-threatening, and
debilitating illnesses. PAF case managers serve as active liaisons for
you and your insurers, employers, or creditors to resolve insurance, job
retention, and debt crisis matters as they relate to your diagnosis.
Penquis Women’s Health Services: 1-800-941-2836
Health clinics offer sliding scale fees for people who qualify.
Road to Recovery: free transportation to
treatments (through American
Cancer Society 1-800-227-2345)
Silent Spring Institute www.silentspring.org
The Silent Spring Institute is a non-profit
organization dedicated to researching the links between women's health
and the environment.
Sister Study www.sisterstudy.org
to learn more about the progress of this important study of the environmental and
genetic risk factors for breast cancer. The study is sponsored by the National
Institute of Environmental Health Sciences and has recruited
50,000 women, ages 35-74, whose sisters have had breast cancer.
Susan G. Komen® (National
above for Susan G. Komen
Washington Hancock Community Agency (207) 664-2424
www.whcacap.org A community action agency
dedicated to fighting poverty and helping low-income people in Down East Maine.
They offer a wide range of services including heating assistance,
transportation, weatherization, and more.
Young Survival Coalition www.youngsurvival.org
An international, non-profit network of breast cancer survivors
and supporters dedicated to the concerns and issues that are unique to young women
and breast cancer. Through action, advocacy and awareness, the YSC seeks to educate
the medical, research, breast cancer and legislative communities, and to persuade
them to address breast cancer in women 40 and under.