Frequently Asked Questions

What does Rays of Relief assist patients with?

We pay for radiation daily co-pays, deductible and co-insurance/cost-sharing amounts for radiation therapy. We help both insured and uninsured patients. Children and adults under current beam are eligible to apply. 

Does Rays of Relief pay for chemotherapy?

Unfortunately, we do not cover chemotherapy related costs.  As there is abundance of national non profit organizations paying for chemo/anti-emetics/anti-neoplastic drugs, coupled with pharma copay card availability; our focus is strictly radiation therapy. However, as we work closely with various entities in the Oncology Non Profit arena, we may be able to help connect you to another non-profit to assist with your specific needs. 

What is the grant amount awarded to patients?

$1000 grants are allocated for qualified patients. Grant money is paid out to the treatment facility/radiation oncologist. 

How do I apply/ qualify for a grant?

If seeking assistance for radiation therapy costs, please send an email to info@raysofrelief.org   as grants open and close periodically due to funding availability. 


Patients who meet the financial guidelines are eligible to apply. Rays of Relief assists patients with a household income up to 500% above federal poverty level (FPL).  Thresholds are based on household size in accordance with FPL guidelines and on a sliding scale given the number of household occupants/dependents currently residing in the household.  For minors (under the age of 18) parental  income is used to qualify applicants. 


Patients are able to apply on their own, however we strongly encourage the treating facility reach out to apply on behalf of the patient. Financial Counselors, Social Workers, Nurse Navigators, and Patient Advocates are able to apply on behalf of patients in need. 


For current Federal Poverty Guidelines, please see the link below.  

 https://aspe.hhs.gov/2019-poverty-guidelines 

Are grants retroactive?

Grant effective dates are retro active to the first day the of the month the patient submits an application, once approved. In certain cases further retroactive effective dates may be considered for patients in need. These exceptions are on a case by case basis, and all circumstances will be taken into consideration. 

What geographical regions does Rays of Relief serve?

Currently we have helped navigate or pay for treatment for patients in the following states: AZ, AR, CO, IL, LA, MO, NJ, NY, OH, OK, PA, TX, and VA. If you are a patient or physician/facility seeking assistance on behalf of your patients outside the states listed above, please reach out to us! We are continually expanding our reach and would be delighted to help!  For current grant status/ funding availability, send an email to info@raysofrelief.org 

The Goal of Radiation treatment

There are many ways to treat cancer. The most common treatments are radiation therapy, surgery, chemotherapy, immunotherapy and hormonal therapy. 50% - 75% of patients diagnosed will receive radiation during the course of treatment either as a stand alone regimen or in conjunction with other modalities.

Radiation therapy seeks to deliver direct dosage to the tumor site while leaving surrounding tissue intact. Neoadjuvant therapy (given before surgery) is used to help shrink tumors, adjuvant therapy (given after surgery) is used to destroy microscopic cells that potentially have been left behind.

Radiation therapy is administered in several ways, however all regimens work on the principle of building up small doses over a period of time. Most commonly 6-8 weeks, some regimens can be as short as 4 weeks.

The end goal being to prevent cancer cells from multiplying, cell death can occur within hours, days, weeks or months after treatment is delivered. In cases related to pain management (palliative care) the regimen may only last 2 weeks.

According to data collected by the National Cancer Institute, the Centers for Disease Control Prevention and the North American Association of Central Cancer Registries, it was estimated in 2016 that 1,685,210 new cancer cases and 595,690 cancer deaths occurred in the United States.  In the state of Texas the numbers for all new cancer occurrence was estimated at 116,690 in 2016.

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