Some people find it hard to get to and from their breast cancer treatments. The social work and patient relations departments at your hospital may have information on local transportation programs. Some cancer organizations also have programs that can help.
American Cancer Society’s Road to Recovery program 800-ACS-2345 (800-227-2345) www.cancer.org
CancerCare's AVONCares program 800-813-HOPE (800-813-4673) www.cancercare.org
City, county and state agencies can arrange for low-cost or free local transportation for people who are disabled. For more information on these services, contact your city, county or state transportation department.
Some organizations offer air travel if you have to travel far from home for treatment. The programs listed here (except where noted) cover the cost of travel for you and a caregiver.
Air Charity Network (877) 621-7177 http://aircharitynetwork.org/
Corporate Angel Network Uses empty seats on corporate aircraft to help cancer patients reach treatment centers. (Travel costs for caregivers are not covered.)(866) 328-1313 http://www.corpangelnetwork.org/
Lifeline Pilots (800) 822-7972 http://www.lifelinepilots.org/
Mercy Medical Airlift (800) 296-1217 http://mercymedical.org/
National Patient Travel Center (800) 296-1217 http://www.patienttravel.org/
Raquel’s Wings for Life (940) 627-1050 http://raquelswingsforlife.com/
If your hospital or treatment center is far from home, there may be times when you and/or your family need to find overnight lodging. Many hospitals and treatment centers can arrange a discount rate at a nearby hotel or motel. The American Cancer Society has a number of Hope Lodges that provide lodging for families during cancer treatments. To find out if there is a Hope Lodge near your hospital or treatment center, call 800-ACS-2345 (800-227-2345) or visit www.cancer.org.
Getting to and from treatment can be hard if children or elderly family members rely on you to take care of them. If you need help with child care or elder care, there are resources that can help. Family and friends often want to help, but do not know how, this is one way they can help you.
If family or friends are not an option, some organizations offer programs to assist with transportation or costs related to child care and elder care.
CancerCare – AVONCares Program Provides limited financial assistance for child care during treatment. www.cancercare.org
CancerCare – Linking A.R.M.S.™ Provides limited financial assistance for child care during treatment. www.cancercare.org
Patient Advocate Foundation –Financial Aid Fund Provides financial assistance for child care and elder care during treatment. 800-532-5274 www.patientadvocate.org
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