National Cancer Legal Services Network (NCLSN)

The National Cancer Legal Services Network (NCLSN) was established by LegalHealth, a division of the New York Legal Assistance Group in 2009. NCLSN promotes access to healthcare and seeks to increase the availability of legal services on behalf of low-income individuals living with cancer, their families, and caregivers. Through direct work, educational efforts and advocacy, this multidisciplinary coalition helps to alleviate the legal and economic consequences of cancer so that those affected may focus on their medical care and quality of life. NCLSN is a unified voice with over 40 member organizations nationally, including medical-legal partnerships, non-profit legal aid organizations, private law firms, bar associations, cancer support and advocacy organizations, and patient navigator programs. Not only does NCLSN work to increase the availability of free legal services to people with cancer, but its members also advocate for low-income cancer patients at the national level. 

NCLSN supports the efforts of individuals and organizations focused on meeting the legal needs of the cancer-affected community. It augments the voice of disparate services, creates a forum for established and nascent legal advocacy groups, and facilitates the development of similar programs. 

Some of the legal issues that NCLSN works to address are:

Insurance disputes
Public benefits
Employment issues 

Future care and custody planning for children
Estate planning
Advance directives 

You can read more about the legal issues that cancer patients face and the impact of the NCLSN’s work in our publication, The Cancer Cliff. 


If you would like more information about the National Cancer Legal Services Network (NCLSN) or are looking for cancer-related legal help for you or a loved one, please email Alison Seidman at 

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