Dear OncoLink "Ask The Experts,"
I am going to need treatment and will need to travel a distance everyday from my home to the treatment center. Is there any financial assistance to defray the cost of travel?
Tracy Lautenbach, MSW, LCSW, Social Worker in the Radiation Oncology Department at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, responds:
Check with your local American Cancer Society Office. In most regions ACS has financial assistance available in the form of mileage reimbursement. Also, Cancer Care assists with a small stipend for travel to and from treatments. The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society has financial assistance for travel as well. Sometimes it is not feasible for patients to travel for treatments if they are coming from a great distance. In these instances there are options for patients/family to lodge locally near to the treatment facility.
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This question and answer was part of the OncoLink Brown Bag Chat Series, Legal & Financial Challenges Facing People with Cancer. View the entire transcript here.
Feb 15, 2010