It can be hard to get access to treatment especially for the less fortunate. Thankfully, there are programs to help people who are in need of cancer treatments but cannot really afford to do so.

Treatment Access

The financial burden imposed by cancer and its treatment options is very heavy. Learn more about the institutions and programs that may provide assistance to those who most need it.

Mang Danny Dimabuyo, a skin cancer survivor, received help from PCSO and his relatives to fund the treatments:

“Dahil sa dasal, sa tulong ng mga kapatid, sa Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office, at sa mga dalawang anak ko, natapos ko ang aking anim na beses na immunotherapy session. (Because of prayers, help from my siblings, as well as the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office, and of my two children who helped me, I finished all my six sessions of immunotherapy), said Danny.

Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office

The Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) is the principal government agency for raising and providing funds for health programs, medical assistance and services, and charities of national character. The office also engages in welfare-related investments to generate more funds for its programs.

Those who seek financial assistance for medical needs can go and apply for the PCSO’s Individual Medical Assistance Program (IMAP). They can also ask for help or submit the following requirements at the PCSO Help Desks in affiliated hospitals:

1. Duly accomplished PCSO IMAP Application Form

2. Original/Certified True Copy of the updated Clinical Abstract duly signed by the attending physician with license number

3. Valid ID (Patient and Authorized Representative)
• Government issued ID
• Company ID
• Student ID

4. Authorization letter from the patient and Social Case Study in cases where there is no immediate relative available for interview

Additional Requirements for Cancer Patients:
• Laboratory Results

• Histopath / Biopsy Report (photocopy)

• Prescription duly signed by the attending licensed physician (original copy)

• Progress Notes from the Oncologist

• Endorsement or Certificate of Acceptance of PCSO Guarantee Letter

• Official quotation from service provider

To learn more about how to apply for assistance, please visit the PCSO website.


Ms. Fatima "Girlie" Lorenzo

“We believe no cancer patient should have to fight the battle alone.”

Ms. Fatima "Girlie" LorenzoPresident, Philippine Alliance of Patient Organizationshttps://
Dr. Clarito Cairo

“To further elaborate on our cancer program, we have this end game. Our shared vision is to have a comprehensive care and optimize cancer survival by 2025. This is our game plan.”

Dr. Clarito CairoProgram Manager, Cancer, Department of Health
Ms. Lirio Torres

“We know that there are 70% of Filipinos getting their medical expenses out-of-pocket. That goes to show that the Filipinos are not prepared. It is a concern but they do not make this a priority.”

Ms. Lirio TorresHead of Accident and Health Group, Sun Life Insurance
Paul Perez

“[The Cancer Act was] not endorsed as a priority bill, but the fight should go on. As far as Congress is concerned, over 200 congressmen have signed the bill; and as far as Senate’s concern, 16 senators have already signed and endorsed it already. We are hopeful for this congress that things will move fast.”

Paul PerezCancer Coalition Philippines