Financial assistance and support resources

As you’re going through treatment, you may face new challenges physically, emotionally, and financially. It’s important to remember you’re not alone. In this section, you’ll find resources, including possible help with costs and coverage for ALIMTA, so you can feel more prepared for the journey ahead.

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Lilly PatientOne: Support and reimbursement

Lilly PatientOne is committed to helping eligible patients access support programs for Lilly Oncology products they are prescribed. We aim to address both financial and coverage issues for qualified uninsured, underinsured, and insured patients. Lilly PatientOne strives to offer resources, ranging from benefits investigations to financial assistance and appeals information, that provide reliable and individualized treatment support for eligible patients.

Possible help with the cost of treatment

Lilly PatientOne strives to offer reliable and individualized treatment support for eligible patients prescribed a Lilly Oncology product whether they are insured, underinsured, or simply uninsured.

For those who qualify, we can help in the following ways:

  • Evaluate financial assistance options including co-pay programs and independent patient assistance foundations
  • Provide reimbursement assistance (eligibility determination, benefits investigation, prior authorization assistance, appeals information)

For more information about Lilly PatientOne, call 1-866-4PatOne (1-866-472-8663), Monday–Friday, 9 AM–7 PM ET, or visit

Support groups and resources

Cancer support groups let you share your experiences and learn how others cope. Your doctor, nurse, or social worker may know about support groups in your area. Some support groups also meet through the Internet.

Advocacy groups

Advocacy groups educate, inform, fund research, and more. Many advocacy groups can also help you find local resources and cancer support groups.

Lung Cancer–Specific Organizations

American Lung Association®

The American Lung Association has been fighting for over 100 years to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease through education, advocacy, and research. This organization offers several support groups, including the Lung Connection Community. This free online community is for people who are living with lung diseases and their caregivers.

Bonnie J. Addario Lung Cancer Foundation

The Bonnie J. Addario Lung Cancer Foundation (ALCF) is a nonprofit organization that actively works with physicians, organizations, and people affected by lung cancer. Its goal is to identify solutions and make progress toward turning lung cancer into a chronically managed disease. To date, this philanthropy (patient-founded, patient-focused, and patient-driven) has raised almost $25 million for lung cancer research and programs.

Lung Cancer Alliance®

Lung Cancer Alliance is a nonprofit organization solely dedicated to saving lives and advancing research by empowering those living with and at risk for lung cancer. It offers personalized, professional support, advocates for increased lung cancer research funding, and conducts nationwide education campaigns.

LUNGevity Foundation®

LUNGevity is focused on changing outcomes for people living with lung cancer through research, education, and support. LUNGevity strategically funds a robust portfolio of translational research to find lung cancer early and treat it more effectively. The organization also provides a community of empowerment, support, and hope for everyone affected by lung cancer through its extensive educational resources, online peer-to-peer support, and in-person survivorship programs.

General Cancer Resources

American Cancer Society®

The American Cancer Society (ACS) has worked to save lives and fight cancer for over 100 years. This organization provides programs and services to support people with cancer and their caregivers through treatment and recovery.


Founded in 1944, CancerCare is a national organization providing free, professional support services and information to help people manage the emotional, practical, and financial challenges of cancer. Its comprehensive services include counseling and support groups over the phone, online, and in person; educational workshops; publications; and financial and co-payment assistance. All CancerCare services are provided by oncology social workers and world-leading cancer experts. CancerCare founded in 1998 as a source of support and information for lung cancer patients and their loved ones.

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Additional resources

Care beyond treatment

Treating the physical side of cancer is just the start. Emotions are important too. Lilly Oncology strives to offer resources to help ease the difficult times and celebrate the good ones.

Living with advanced nonsquamous non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC)—diet and exercise

Nutrition during treatment

You probably know that following a balanced diet is an important part of a healthy life. Healthy eating is even more important as you go through treatment. Your body needs food to rebuild tissues and help you stay strong.

What does healthier eating mean?

Healthy eating means selecting a variety of foods to give your body the nutrients it needs. Your body needs many nutrients, including protein, fat, carbohydrates, water, vitamins, and minerals. Talk with your care team about how you can improve your diet.


Protein is needed for growth, to heal tissue, and to keep your immune system healthy. Good sources include fish, chicken, eggs, lean red meat, nuts, low-fat dairy products, dried beans, and soy foods.


Fat provides a rich source of energy and helps carry certain vitamins through the blood. Monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats are better choices than saturated fat.


Carbohydrates give the body the fuel it needs. Good sources include fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. Other sources include bread, potatoes, rice, pasta, corn, peas, and beans.


Water is the main substance in our bodies. Cells need plenty of water to stay healthy. You should drink about eight 8-ounce glasses of liquid each day, which can include foods like soup and milk. If you are experiencing side effects such as diarrhea or vomiting, you may require more liquids to prevent dehydration.

Vitamins and minerals

Vitamins and minerals help the body work properly. Most are found naturally in food. Your doctor will give you vitamin B12 shots during treatment. Talk with your doctor before taking any supplements.

Exercise during treatment

Exercise during cancer treatment can help maintain your strength and well-being. Too much rest can lead to muscle weakness and reduced range of motion. Regular exercise may help you:

  • Maintain your physical ability
  • Improve balance and lower the risk of falls
  • Lessen your dependence on others for help with daily living
  • Improve your self-esteem
  • Lower the risk of being anxious and depressed
  • Reduce nausea
  • Decrease symptoms of tiredness (fatigue)
  • Control your weight

Your healthcare provider can help you put together an exercise program that’s right for you.

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Your journey

Life with lung cancer

Lung cancer is the most common cancer in the world. While each person is unique, there are common steps on every journey:

  • Diagnosis
  • Planning
  • Treatment
  • A new normal

Lilly Oncology has resources to help you learn more about life with lung cancer.

Helpful downloads

Find information in these downloadable PDFs:

Nutrition guide

The hows and whys of nutrition for people on lung cancer therapy

Download nutrition guide

Exercise guide

The importance of exercise during lung cancer treatment and exercise tips and techniques

Download exercise guide

Download free ALIMTA therapy guides.

Information about initial therapy with ALIMTA and platinum chemotherapy (carboplatin or cisplatin) plus KEYTRUDA® (pembrolizumab) or ALIMTA with cisplatin, and maintenance therapy with ALIMTA

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Information about treatment with ALIMTA after earlier chemotherapy

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Indications and Important Safety Information

What Is ALIMTA® (pemetrexed for injection) Approved For?

ALIMTA® (pemetrexed for injection) is approved by the FDA in combination with KEYTRUDA® (pembrolizumab) (an immunotherapy) and platinum chemotherapy (carboplatin or cisplatin, two other chemotherapy drugs) as the first treatment for nonsquamous non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) that has spread with no abnormal EGFR or ALK gene.*

ALIMTA is approved by the FDA in combination with cisplatin (another chemotherapy drug) for the first (initial) treatment of advanced nonsquamous non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC), a specific type of NSCLC that has spread.

ALIMTA is approved by the FDA as a single agent (used alone) for maintenance treatment of patients with advanced nonsquamous non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) after you have received 4 cycles of chemotherapy that contains platinum for first treatment and your cancer has not progressed.

ALIMTA is approved by the FDA as a single agent (used alone) for the treatment of patients with recurrent, metastatic nonsquamous non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC), a specific type of NSCLC, which has returned or spread after prior chemotherapy.

ALIMTA is not appropriate for people who have a different type of NSCLC called squamous cell.

*Epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) is a tumor marker found in some people with nonsquamous NSCLC. It is found on both normal and tumor cells and is important for cell growth. Anaplastic lymphoma kinase (ALK) is a protein that may be involved in cell growth. Changes to the ALK gene have been found in some types of cancer, including nonsquamous NSCLC.

Important Safety Information for ALIMTA

What is the most important information that I should know about ALIMTA?

ALIMTA can cause serious side effects including:

Low blood cell counts. Low blood cell counts can be severe, including low white blood cell counts (neutropenia), low platelet counts (thrombocytopenia), and low red blood cell counts (anemia). Your healthcare provider will do a blood test to check your blood cell counts regularly during your treatment with ALIMTA. Tell your healthcare provider right away if you have any signs of infection, fever, bleeding, or severe tiredness during your treatment with ALIMTA.

Kidney problems, including kidney failure. ALIMTA can cause severe kidney problems that can lead to death. Severe vomiting or diarrhea can lead to loss of fluids (dehydration) which may cause kidney problems to become worse. Tell your healthcare provider right away if you have a decrease in amount of urine.

Severe skin reactions. Severe skin reactions that may lead to death can happen with ALIMTA. Tell your healthcare provider right away if you develop blisters, skin sores, skin peeling, or painful sores, or ulcers in your mouth, nose, throat or genital area.

Lung problems (pneumonitis). ALIMTA can cause serious lung problems that can lead to death. Tell your healthcare provider right away if you get any new or worsening symptoms of shortness of breath, cough, or fever.

Radiation recall. Radiation recall is a skin reaction that can happen in people who have received radiation treatment in the past and are treated with ALIMTA. Tell your healthcare provider if you get swelling, blistering, or a rash that looks like a sunburn in an area that was previously treated with radiation.

Who should not take ALIMTA?

ALIMTA may not be appropriate for some patients. If you are allergic to pemetrexed, tell your doctor because you should not receive it. It is not known if ALIMTA is safe and effective in children.

What should I tell my healthcare provider before receiving ALIMTA?

Before receiving ALIMTA, tell your healthcare provider about all of your medical conditions including:

  • if you have kidney problems.
  • if you have had radiation therapy.
  • if you think you are pregnant, or are planning to become pregnant as ALIMTA can harm your unborn baby.
    • Females who are able to become pregnant should use effective birth control (contraception) during treatment with ALIMTA and for 6 months after the final dose. Tell your healthcare provider right away if you become pregnant or think you are pregnant during treatment with ALIMTA.
    • Males with female partners who are able to become pregnant should use effective birth control (contraception) during treatment with ALIMTA and for 3 months after the final dose.
  • if you are breastfeeding or plan to breastfeed, as it is not known if ALIMTA passes into breast milk. Do not breastfeed during treatment with ALIMTA and for 1 week after the final dose.

Tell your healthcare provider about all of the medicines you take, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.

Tell your healthcare provider if you have kidney problems and take a medicine that contains ibuprofen. You should avoid taking ibuprofen for 2 days before, the day of, and 2 days after receiving treatment with ALIMTA.

How is ALIMTA given?

It is very important to take folic acid by mouth and receive vitamin B12 injections from your healthcare provider during your treatment with ALIMTA to lower your risk of harmful side effects.

Your healthcare provider will prescribe a medicine called a corticosteroid for you to take 2 times a day for 3 days, beginning the day before each treatment with ALIMTA.

ALIMTA is given to you by intravenous (IV) infusion (injection) into your vein. The infusion is given over 10 minutes. You will usually receive ALIMTA once every 21 days (3 weeks).

What are the possible side effects of ALIMTA?

The most common side effects of ALIMTA when given alone are:

  • Tiredness
  • Nausea
  • Loss of appetite

The most common side effects of ALIMTA when given with cisplatin are:

  • Vomiting
  • Swelling or sores in your mouth or sore throat
  • Constipation
  • Low white blood cell counts (neutropenia)
  • Low platelet counts (thrombocytopenia)
  • Low red blood cell counts (anemia)

The most common side effects of ALIMTA when given with pembrolizumab and platinum chemotherapy are:

  • Tiredness/weakness
  • Nausea
  • Constipation
  • Diarrhea
  • Loss of appetite
  • Rash
  • Vomiting
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath
  • Fever

ALIMTA may cause fertility problems in males. This may affect your ability to father a child. It is not known if these effects are reversible. Talk to your healthcare provider if this is a concern for you.

Your healthcare provider will do blood tests to check for side effects during treatment with ALIMTA. Your healthcare provider may change your dose of ALIMTA, delay treatment, or stop treatment if you have certain side effects. Tell your healthcare provider if you have any side effect that bothers you or that does not go away.

These are not all the side effects of ALIMTA. For more information, ask your healthcare provider or pharmacist. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects.

You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit, or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

ALIMTA is available by prescription only.

For more information about all of the side effects of ALIMTA, please talk with your healthcare team, see the Patient Prescribing Information and full Prescribing Information, or call 1-800-545-5979.