Free Stuff for Lung Cancer Patients

Items that Cancer Patients Can Receive for Free

Amidst the major costs of cancer treatment I love hearing about all of the free stuff available for people with lung cancer. We all love finding a good deal, and free is the best deal of all! I am so grateful for the volunteers out there who are dedicated to bringing encouragement, both through notes to cheer and items to make the strain on the pocketbook just a wee bit less.

Sadly, lung cancer lags behind breast cancer when it comes to freebies, but all of the items/resources below are available to people with any form of cancer. Some are only for women, but there are many options for men as well.

Free Housecleaning

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Free housecleaning.

It can be exhausting to clean your home when you are living with the symptoms of cancer and its treatment. Thankfully, you don't have to do it all alone anymore. Cleaning For A Reason is a service that offers four monthly housecleaning sessions for women undergoing treatment for any kind of cancer. Everyone qualifies -- they don't require any financial information, only a note from your oncologist indicating that you are a cancer patient. This service is available in most areas of the United States and is donated by individual cleaning companies.

Free Scarves and Hats

woman wearing a chemotherapy scarf
Free scarves.

Hair loss from chemotherapy can be traumatic enough emotionally, without the financial burden of purchasing hats and scarves. Several organizations have stepped up to the plate to try and ease that pain.

Francelux has a program called Good Wishes that offers a free scarf (worth $70) or headcover for women undergoing chemotherapy for any type of cancer.

Founded by a 10-year-old, Heavenly Hats offers free hats for people who are facing hair loss due to cancer and other medical conditions.  Learn more about head cover choices for people undergoing chemotherapy.

Free Cosmetics and Beauty Consultation

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Free cosmetics and beauty consult.

Look Good Feel Better is a program available for women undergoing treatment for any type of cancer. In a small group or one-on-one setting, instructors share tips on skin care, makeup application (such as how to apply eyebrows if they are lost during chemotherapy), and tips on wearing scarves and wigs to cope with hair loss.

Men don't need to be left out. The Look Good website also has online information for men that includes tips on caring for your skin, body, hair and mind during cancer treatment.

Free Cancer Education Workshops

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free education by phone or computer.

Studies suggest that learning as much as possible about your cancer may improve your outcome. Yet time is limited during doctors visits, and it's sometimes hard to know where to begin.

CancerCare, a not-for-profit organization that provides support for people living with cancer, has many educational workshops that you can listen to in the comfort of your own home. New topics are covered often, and there is an extensive archive of past topics that you can tap into at any time.

Examples of workshops available include stress management tips, coping with cancer pain, managing costs of recovery, finding hope and meaning after treatment, understanding and managing chemotherapy side effects, and more.

Free Totes and More

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free totes.

The Lydia Project offers free totes for women going through any kind of cancer treatment. The totes come filled with an inspirational journal, lotion, and other items. For women who are interested, a year of ongoing support is available in which you can share prayer requests, and request notes, phone calls, and emails.

Free Cards and Notes of Support

free note cards
Free note cards.

Chemo Angels is a volunteer organization dedicated to bringing support and cheer to those who are going through chemotherapy for cancer. After completing a form that asks about your particular cancer, interests, and hobbies, you will be "adopted" by a Chemo Angel and a Card Angel. These volunteers will then provide encouragement throughout your treatment by sending weekly cards, uplifting notes, and small inexpensive gifts.

Free Retreats

man and woman at a spa
Free retreats.

Getting away from home, either with a loved one or alone with other cancer survivors, can be rejuvenating at times. Many opportunities are available, and in addition, the resources listed here, you may want to check with your oncology team about options available near your home.

Camp Mak-A-Dream near Missoula, MT, offers a free retreat (although donations are accepted) for women who are going through or have completed treatment for any type of cancer. These four- to five-day retreats include great food, relaxation, opportunities for recreation, art classes and more.

More Free Retreats

Harmony Hill Retreat Center in Union, WA, offers a free, three-day extended cancer retreat to help people find emotional and spiritual healing in the face of their disease. This program also offers the opportunity for a spouse, partner or adult caregiver to attend with you. Included at no cost are healthy meals and the chance to walk among the gardens and trails of the retreat center.

Women Beyond Cancer offers free (a $50 refundable deposit is required) retreats for women living with any form of cancer. Locations and adventures range from yoga in Maine to exploring Zion National Park in Utah, to horseback riding in South Carolina.

Further reading:


Traveling with cancer may be high on your to-do list, whether to take that vacation on your bucket list or to take part in a clinical trial.

Options are limited, but there are 5 organizations that provide free flights for people with cancer.

An option I've seen used several times is having friends and loved ones donate frequent flier miles.  It's amazing how quickly these can add up with a few good friends, helping those dreams to become a reality.


National Cancer Institute. Coping With Cancer: Financial, Insurance, and Legal Information. Accessed 05/06/16.

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