In addition, candidates:

  • Can demonstrate they have financial need as a direct result of their cancer experience,
  • Have needs that are immediate, and
  • Lack resources/other sources of support.4

Nurses, navigators, and patients can find more information about The Samfund, including contact information, on its web site,


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1. Zafar SY. Financial toxicity of cancer care: it’s time to intervene [published online ahead of print December 11, 2015]. J Natl Cancer Inst. 2015;108(5). doi:10.1093/jnci/djv370.

2. Ramsey S, Blough D, Kirchhoff A, et al. Washington State cancer patients found to be at  greater risk for bankruptcy than people without a cancer diagnosis. Health Aff (Millwood). 2013;32(6):1143-1152. doi:10.1377/hlthaff.2012.1263.

3. Ramsey SD, Bansal A, Fedorenko CR, et al. Financial insolvency as a risk factor for early mortality among patients with cancer [published online ahead of print January 25, 2016]. J Clin Oncol. doi:10.1200/JCO.2015.64.6620.

4. the samfund. Accessed March 30, 2016.

5. Landwehr MS, Watson SE, Macpherson CF, Novak KA, Johnson RH. The cost of cancer: a retrospective analysis of the financial impact of cancer on young adults. Cancer Med. doi:10.1002/cam4.657.