Treating prostate cancer is expensive.
The Arkansas Prostate Cancer Foundation’s Patient Access to Care Program was created to limit the financial burden on patients receiving treatment by offering resources including:
- Medical co-pay assistance, including physical therapy
- Gas cards for transportation to and from appointments
- Lodging accommodations for patients traveling across the state
Men with prostate cancer incur medical expenses for office visits, imaging tests, hospital stays, and transportation costs. These costs add up quickly. Through the Patient Access to Care Program, APCF envisions a day where men in Arkansas will not have to postpone or delay treatment due to his or his family’s financial burdens.
I didn’t know about the Program at first, but once I talked to APCF, I was so lucky to have the help. They saved my life six years ago. I got really good care with the help of APCF.– Clare Richardson, Hot Springs, Ark.
- Applicant must be an Arkansas resident and currently diagnosed with prostate cancer
- Patients may only apply for assistance once every 6 months
- Applicants must be able to demonstrate a financial need
Frequently Asked Questions
What will the program cover? For many Arkansans, a barrier to care is lack of a financial means to treatment. APCF is committed to providing limited financial assistance to men undergoing diagnosis and/or treatment for prostate cancer.
How do I qualify? Men are eligible for the program once their prostate cancer treatment escalated to the biopsy stage or beyond.
How does APCF provide financial assistance? What treatment options are covered? Once a patient is approved, APCF will make financial arrangements with the physician’s office where treatment will occur. Treatment options include:
- Post-treatment therapies
- Hormone therapy
- Physical therapy
- Other FDA-approved prostate cancer treatments
What can I use the Gas Card for? Gas cards can only be used at the pump and should only be used for gas. A list of participating gas stations within a 75-mile radius of the recipient’s home is provided with each card.
Additional information: Assistance will be provided in the name of the man undergoing treatment only; it will not be provided in any family member’s name.
To learn more about the Patient Access to Care Program, contact APCF Patient Navigator Madelyn Gudino at 501-476-5761.