Breast Cancer Patient Resources

Resources for Breast Cancer Patients

Breast cancer patients have access to a variety of financial resources, support services and more to help guide them while they navigate their diagnosis and recovery.

Financial Resources

The Theodore R. and Betsy Harpley Endowment Fund

The Theodore R. and Betsy Harpley Endowment Fund was initially established as the Theodore Raymond Harpley Endowment Fund in 1992 by Betsy Harpley in memory of her husband. In 2021, their adult children changed the name of the fund to include their mother in recognition of the care both parents received at Lahey Hospital & Medical Center.

This fund helps patients with cancer and their families meet the expenses of needed care and services, for example: personal care attendants or home health aides, room and board at a hospice house, and/or other supplementary services that are part of a patient’s treatment plan. For information, please call 781-744-3496 or email us.

The Ellie Fund

The Ellie Fund provides funding and resources for women and their families who are undergoing breast cancer treatment in Massachusetts. For information, please call 781-449-0100 or visit the Ellie Fund website.

Support Services

Online Cancer Resources

External Resources

Breast Prostheses

Lingerie Boutique
(Pre and post surgical garments, prosthetic fittings and bra fittings)

Lady Grace
New England Hair Illusions and Breast Form Clinic
The Women’s Image Center
American Cancer Society Wig Bank
Carolyn’s Wigs
Hairmate Salon
New England Hair Illusions and Breast Form Clinic
Nick George’s Hair Studio
The Women’s Image Center

The list of suppliers may change. For an updated list, please call the American Cancer Society at 1-800-227-2345.

Prescription Help
Prescription Programs (for those with limited or no insurance coverage for medicines)
  • Prescription Advantage (for patients who are disabled or age 65 and older): 1-800-243-4636, ext. 2
  • Programs through pharmaceutical companies: NeedyMeds
Home Care

When needed after surgery, your care team will arrange for visiting nurse assistance.

  • American Cancer Society Road to Recovery Volunteer Driver Program: 1-800-227-2345 (ask for your local office)
  • MBTA’s THE RIDE: 617-222-5123
  • Lexpress (Lexington’s bus service): 781-861-1210
  • Roadrunner (for residents in the Lowell Regional Transit area): 978-459-0152

If you have MassHealth and need help with transportation, call Lahey’s Social Services Department at 781-744-8113.