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Cancer patients may have financial problems. You may not be able to do your usual job because of the cancer or treatment. There may also be extra costs if you do not have full healthcare benefits.

For questions about travel or financial help while receiving treatment in Sudbury, call the Supportive Care Program of the Northeast Cancer Centre at 705-522-6237 ext 2175.

Willow Breast Cancer Support Canada has a helpful booklet called
Coping With Your Financial Concerns When You Have Breast Cancer: A guide to resources and services in the Province of Ontario.


Drug Expense

Medications to take at home may be part of your cancer care. If you have a drug plan, check to see if these medications are covered. If you do not have a private drug plan, the following programs may be able to help with the cost of drugs.


Trillium Drug Program
This program helps with the cost of medication. After approval, the program will decide your ‘deductible’ based on your family net income. (The deductible is the portion of the cost that you pay)  For more information and an application form call 1-800-575-5386 or see


Income Assistance
  • The Human Resources staff where you work can give you information about sick leave and disability benefits.
  • For information about Employment Insurance call your local Canada Employment Centre.
  • If you have paid into the Canada Pension Plan, you may be able to get Canada Pension Disability Benefits. For information check the website www.servicecanada.gc.ca or call Service Canada - Canada Pension Disability Benefits at 1-800-277-9914.

Emergency Assistance

Ontario Works 
The Ontario Works in your community may provide money in an emergency. This assistance provides short-term financial help to cover the cost of your basic needs (e.g. food) and housing costs. This type of financial help is usually given when there is no other help. To qualify for this program, your finances are closely reviewed. 

For more information you can visit 
www.mcss.gov.on.ca or call:

Sault Ste. Marie: 705-759-5266
Central Algoma Area : 705-842-3370
Blind River : 705-356-2263
Elliot Lake : 705-848-7153
Wawa : 705-856-2303

First Nations locations 
Mamaweswen (North Shore Tribal Council): 705-356-1691
Mississauga: 705-356-1621


Breast Prosthesis


Some private health insurance plans cover breast prosthesis. Check your plan. If you are not covered, ask your doctor or nurse for an application form for the Assistance Devices Program (ADP). Even if your private insurance only covers part of the cost, the ADP may cover the rest.

For more information call the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care - Assistive Devices Program at 1-800-268-6021
(7th floor, 5700 Yonge Street, Toronto ON M2M 4K5). 

Website: www.health.gov.on.ca


Medical-related travel expenses
Sometimes, you may not be able to get medical treatment close to where you live. You may be able to claim the cost of traveling for this treatment, through the Northern Health Travel Grant.

Northern Health Travel Grant 
This grant is available for patients who need to travel 100 kms or more for medical treatment. This program is only for patients who live in Northern Ontario and Manitoba.  Ask your doctor for the Northern Health Travel Grant form. The doctor will need to fill out and sign part of the form. You should add the receipts to your return form and make a list of your traveling costs.

Website: www.health.gov.on.ca 

Volunteer Driver Program 
The Canadian Cancer Society has volunteer drivers who drive patients to and from their cancer care appointments.  To find your local office, call 1-888-939-3333 and speak to an information specialist.

You can also check online at

For More Information


For questions about travel or financial help while receiving treatment in Sudbury, call the Supportive Care Program of the Northeast Cancer Centre at 705-522-6237 ext 2175.


For questions about travel or financial help while receiving treatment in Sault Ste. Marie, call the Oncology Social Worker of the Algoma District Cancer Program of the Sault Area Hospital at

705-759-3434 ext 4354.


Created February 2003
Revised July 30, 2014

Twice now, a good friend has told me, " I kept putting off going for my mammogram, but i finally went, and they found cancer." Both these friends are well still with us because their cancer was found early. Never let fear keep you from going for your mammogram - You are to precious to lose. Take action! You are worth it!
Maureen McMillan, Sudbury
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