A Pediatric Cancer Diagnosis Changes Household Finances
Getting a cancer diagnosis for a child can be challenging enough. There are so many things going through a parent’s mind that the thought of dealing with finances is often last on the list.
At least half of all families with a child battling cancer will report severe financial hardship as a result of their child’s treatment. 49% of families surveyed reported taking on “considerable to severe” new debt as a result of their child’s treatment.*
In addition to health care costs, there are other hidden expenses that add up quickly:
However, there are resources available that can assist you if your expenses are starting to become challenging during treatment.
Robyn Dillon and Janice Graham are the social workers for the ASK Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Clinic at the Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU. They can be reached by calling 628-0422 or 828-9065 or emailing them at firstname.lastname@example.org or Janice.email@example.com.
ASK Childhood Cancer Foundation is proud to be the local resource for families in Central Virginia managing a child in cancer treatment and beyond. We are here to assist you. We may not have all of the answers, but our goal is to help you get the resources and assistance you need.
This article includes tips from a workshop that ASK recently offered to parents and caregivers. Each month, the workshop series will focus on a different issue facing our ASK families.