Medical Assistance Foundation

A 501(c)3 charitable organization


Providing financial assistance for individuals and families facing extraordinary expenses due to illness or accident.

Serving Fairfield, Iowa

“MAF is a life-saver. When a close friend of mine became critically ill, MAF provided much-needed support and provided him with thousands of dollars in medical assistance within a few days. We are deeply indebted to MAF and its generous donors for making it so easy and simple to obtain emergency funds that significantly reduced a huge financial burden.”

—Dean Draznin

Fairfield, IA


MORE HELP > Healthcare Resources: Cancer

Need information about cancer and cancer treatments?

The following resources can provide advice, education, and support. Visit their web sites or contact them for more information. Your doctor and pharmacist are also good resources.

Depending on the health plan you have, case management services may be available to you. To find out if you have case management services, call the member services telephone number on the back of your health insurance card. Case managers can help you coordinate social services, medical services, benefit services, and help you find support groups.

American Cancer Society

1-800-ACS-2345 (1-800-227-2345)

  • Facts about treatments
  • Stories about cancer survivors
  • Helpful advice

  • A registry of clinical trials.
  • Provides the trial’s purpose, who may
    participate, locations, and phone numbers.


  • Learn about cancer, recovery, coping, and related issues
  • Information on financial issues, clinical trials, and research
  • Cancer dictionary and other resources

National Cancer Institute® (NCI)

1-800-4-CANCER (1-800-422-6237)

  • Facts about cancer, treatments, and clinical trials
  • Learn about recovery, coping, and related issues
  • Complementary and alternative medicine
  • How to pay for cancer treatment
  • Information on clinical trials and research
  • Information on choosing hospice and home care
  • Cancer dictionary and other resources
  • Finding support groups

National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship

(888) 650-9127

  • Learn ways to meet cancer challenges
  • Health insurance information
  • Information on how to talk with your doctor
  • Cancer survivor’s handbook

National Comprehensive Cancer Network

(215) 690-0300

  • Learn about cancer
  • Information on paying for treatment
  • Information on life beyond cancer

Cancer Care®

1-800-813-HOPE (800-813-4673)

  • Helpful cancer advice and counseling
  • Facts about cancer
  • Free financial services

Cancer Hope Network

(877) 467-3638

  • Support services for people living with cancer
  • Matches patients one-on-one with cancer survivors
  • Kidney cancer resources

Kidney Cancer Association® (KCA)

(800) 850-9132

  • A group of patients, families, doctors, and healthcare providers involved with kidney cancer and treatments
  • Simple ways to make living with kidney cancer easier
  • How to find and meet other kidney cancer patients and survivors
  • GIST resources

GIST Support International (GSI)

(215) 340-9374

  • Support for GIST patients and their families and friends
  • Information on current GIST research
  • Free financial services

Life Raft Group

(973) 837-9092

  • Patient support Efforts for GIST research
  • Information on GIST and research
  • Pancreatic cancer resources

Carcinoid Cancer Foundation

(888) 722-3132

  • Facts about neuroendocrine tumors
  • Information for the newly diagnosed
  • Details on finding a doctor

Caring for Carcinoid Foundation

(617) 948-2514

  • Cancer research initiatives and funding
  • Educational information and resources
  • Patient and caregiver support channels

The Lustgarten FoundationSM

(866) 789-1000

  • Information on pancreatic cancer
  • Ways to support research and awareness
  • Volunteer opportunities

North American Neuroendocrine Tumor Society (NANETS)

(360) 314-4112

  1. Clinical trials search feature
  2. Helpful links and resources
  3. Cancer education and information

Pancreatic Cancer Action Network®

(877) 272-6226

  1. Support for pancreatic cancer and pancreatic
  2. NET patients
  3. Advancement of pancreatic cancer research Volunteer opportunities

Mesothelioma Resource Online

(888) 896-2550

  • Answers and support for people diagnosed with mesothelioma cancer, as well as their families and loved ones
  • Information on asbestos exposure, mesothelioma and other cancers, and associated diseases (testicular, breast, COPD, etc.)

Mesothelioma Center

(800) 615-2270

  • Information on mesothelioma cancer
  • Support and resources for people and families who need help understanding and coping with mesothelioma
  • Support groups and patient advocates
  • Treatment options
  • Veterans and asbestos exposure

The Mesothelioma Group

  • Free resources and information
  • Step-by-step guidance
  • Caregiver resources
  • Veteran support

The Mesothelioma Lawyer Center

(800) 694-4856

  • Helping asbestos victims connect with leading mesothelioma lawyers
  • Experienced in helping asbestos victims across the country in all 50 states
  • Free resources and information

Drug Dangers

(855) 543-7559

Keeping the public educated and informed of all defective medical devices and dangerous medications that are currently on the market.

The National Cancer Institute

(877) 448-7848

Free help to quit smoking


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