Cancer Advocacy Project

Cancer Advocacy Project

To get help from the Cancer Advocacy Project, call 212.382.4785.

 

Overview

When faced with a cancer diagnosis, many individuals find themselves tackling not only emotional and physical distress, but also the soaring price of basic medical care and the daunting maze of the U.S. health care system. The Cancer Advocacy Project of the City Bar Justice Center was established to address this need. We assist cancer patients, survivors, caregivers, and support staff in three main areas:

  1. Drafting no-cost life-planning documents (wills, healthcare proxies, living wills and powers of attorney) for cancer patients and survivors,
  2. Challenging unjust health insurance decisions and
  3. Advice on cancer-related employment discrimination.

In addition, we provide clients with access to information and assistance through on-site community presentations for support groups, medical and social work staff and community organizations on issues related to life-planning choices, workplace rights, health insurance problems, and options for dealing with medical debt.

Vivienne Duncan directs the Cancer Advocacy Project and Alexa Tovar is the project coordinator.


Not sure if this is the right project? Contact our free Legal Hotline at 212-626-7383.

Resources

Cancer & Medical Debt: Resources & Options – Including Bankruptcy

Financial and Medical Resources Guide for Cancer Patients and Survivors (English) (Spanish)

This user-friendly guide identifies potential sources of financial and medical assistance, including foundations, charities, cancer-related organizations and pharmaceutical companies that provide free or subsidized medications.

A Simple Guide to Advance Directives and Estate Planning (English) (Spanish)

A Guide to Funeral and Burial Options in New York (English) (Spanish)

A Guide to Medical Debt: Your Rights and Options (English) (Spanish)

A Guide to Social Security Disability Benefits for Cancer Patients

Employment Rights for Cancer Patients (English)

Employment Rights for Cancer Patients (Spanish)

Medical Insurance for Cancer Patients

Wills for Cancer Patients (Spanish)

Wills for Cancer Patients (English)

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