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Financial support

The Cancer Society of Finland supports cancer patients with various forms of financial assistance.

 Social committee grant

The Cancer Society’s Social Committee assists cancer patients who are in financial difficulties. Cancer patients can apply for assistance through a social worker at the cancer hospital they attend.

Application instructions

  • The grant is provided to cover expenses caused by being ill with cancer or the costs of related recreational activities.
  • The grant is provided only to cancer patients whose financial situation is difficult
  • Assistance is not granted to cover funeral costs.
  • As a rule, assistance is granted to the same applicant only once.
  • Applicants must complete the application form together with the social worker from the cancer hospital they attend.
  • The hospital social worker must provide written information on the applicants’ financial situation.
  • No other documents should accompany the application.

Social Committee application form (in Finnish, pdf)

Send the completed application form to

The Cancer Society of Finland
Social Committee
Unioninkatu 22
00130 Helsinki

The Social Committee decides on applications roughly every two weeks. In urgent cases, applications can be processed separately.

Further information

Cancer Society of Finland national advice service
Tel. 0800 19414

Other allowances

The Cancer Foundation’s Children’s Cancer Fund issues allowances to the families of children with cancer. Families can apply for the grant through the social workers at hospital cancer departments.

Cancer Foundation (in Finnish)(opens in a new window)

Also, regional cancer associations disburse allowances and daily care allowances to their members.

For further information on allowances see the webpages of the regional cancer associations.

Regional cancer associations