General Guidelines for Low-Income or Uninsured Texans Seeking Cancer Care
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Although procedures may vary between counties, here are some guidelines that may assist you in locating cancer care.
To Find a Primary Care Clinic
To find out if there is a Primary Care clinic in your area where you might be able to receive cancer screening, please go to the following Web site of the Health Resources and Services Administration of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and select Texas, then your city, and click on Find Health Centers:
If you are a woman and you want to get checked for cervical cancer or breast cancer, you may be able to get help through a special program called the Breast and Cervical Cancer Services (BCCS) at the Texas Department of State Health Services.
- To have a PAP test for cervical cancer, you must be 18 to 64 years old.
- To have a mammogram (breast cancer test), you must be 50 to 64 years old.
- You will need to show how much money you make, so you may be asked to show a paycheck stub.
To find a clinic near you, please go to the following BCCS - Breast and Cervical Cancer Services Clinic Locator Web site:
The National Cancer Institute (NCI) has named four cancer centers in Texas as leaders in cancer research. Two centers are in Houston, one is in Dallas and one is in San Antonio. These centers focus on finding new treatments for cancer through clinical trial testing. To find out more, please visit the Web sites or call the numbers below:
Cancer Therapy and Research Center at the UT Health Science Center at San Antonio
1-800-340-2872 or (210) 450-1000
The Dan L. Duncan Cancer Center at Baylor College of Medicine
Harold C. Simmons Cancer Center at UT Southwestern Medical Center
(214) 645-HOPE (4673) or (800) 460-HOPE (4673)
The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
askMDAnderson: 1-877-MDA-6789 (1-877-632-6789)
The following University of Texas state hospitals may offer programs for low income, uninsured Texas residents. Please call to find out if you qualify:
The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston
Access Center 1-800-917-8906 or (409) 772-2222.
The University Health Science Center at Tyler
Other hospitals and physicians in your area may also treat low-income or uninsured patients. You would need to contact them directly for more information.
For U.S. Military Veterans
If you are a U. S. military veteran, you may be able to be seen at a VA (Veterans Affairs) clinic. To find out more about veteran’s benefits, please contact:
You may be able to find local facilities in or around your county that may possibly be able to screen or treat a low-income or uninsured cancer patient. If you are looking for help or information on services or programs in your area, please dial 2-1-1 or click on the link https://www.211texas.org/211/search.do and type in cancer detection in the Service You Need box and the county where you live in the or County box.
Legal Aid Organizations
The following not-for-profit legal aid organizations offer professional legal help for elderly and/or low income patients who cannot access health care because they have been denied Medicare, Medicaid or health care benefits by a county agency or a hospital district. Please visit the Web sites or call the numbers below for more information:
Legal Aid of NorthWest Texas
Dallas: (214) 748-1234
Fort Worth: 1-800-955-3959 or 817-336-3943
Outside Metroplex Area: 1-888-529-5277
Texas Rio Grande Legal Aid
Lone Star Legal Aide
(Serves Angleton, Beaumont, Bellville, Belton, Bryan, Conroe, Galveston, Houston, Longview, Nacogdoches, Paris, Texarkana, Tyler and Waco)
Heart of Texas Legal Services 1-888-756-7066
- There are many groups that help cancer patients. These groups may offer financial assistance, support services or free information about cancer. You can get a list of these groups from the National Cancer Institute (NCI) by clicking on or typing in the following link:
For more information, you may also call the National Cancer Institute’s Cancer Information Service at 1-800-4-CANCER (1-800-422-6237).
- The American Cancer Society (ACS) also has support groups and information about cancer. You may call 1-800-227-2345 or go to the website:
LIVESTRONG has information about financial assistance and support groups. Please call 1-877-231-8820 or visit the Web site:
Susan G. Komen for the Cure is a breast cancer helpline. Please call 1-877-456-6636 (1-877-GOKOMEN) or visit the Web site:
Visit the Texas Cancer Information Web site for lists of doctors,
hospitals, breast and colon cancer screening services and
hospices. You can find support, counseling, education and other help such as
transportation, housing and medical equipment by clicking on Find Cancer Services at the top of the page.