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Coping® Magazine’s
Guide to Lodging Accommodations

Links to these organizations and additional resources are available at


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Some housing facilities provide a home-like environment for cancer survivors and their families.

There are several reasons why peo­ple with cancer and their families may decide to travel to receive medical care. Some, especially in rural areas, may have limited access to on­cologists and treatment facilities in their area. Others may travel to consult with a specialist, seek a second opinion on a diagnosis or treatment plan, or un­dergo a therapy that isn’t widely available. For cancer survivors and their families, finding accommodations can be a chal­lenge. Many facilities offer lodging for free or for a nominal fee. Each tempo­rary lodging program will have its own rules and criteria to qualify for services.

Many hospitals and American Can­cer Society offices have agreements with nearby hotels and/or campgrounds for reduced rates for people with cancer and their families. Before traveling, contact the hospital’s social worker or the ad­mitting desk for such information. Also, many of the major cancer centers have outpatient lodging run by the institution.

The following is a partial listing of organizations that provide or coordinate temporary accommodations for people with cancer and their families who must travel for medical care.

American Cancer Society Hope Lodge offers people with cancer and their caregivers a free, temporary place to stay when their best hope for effective treatment may be in another city. Accom­modations and eligibility requirements may vary by location. To find a Hope Lodge or to learn more about a specific facility, call the American Cancer Society at (800) 227-2345 or visit

Cancer Financial Assistance Coalition is a group of organizations that help people with cancer manage financial challenges. CFAC offers an online database at that allows users to search for national or local financial assistance by type of assis­tance needed, such as housing, or by cancer diagnosis.

Healthcare Hospitality Network, Inc. is a nationwide association of nearly 200 organizations that provide free or significantly reduced cost lodging and support services to patients and their families while receiving medical care away from their home communi­ties. Call (800) 542-9730 or visit for a directory of members and houses.

Joe’s House,, provides a national, centralized list of accommo­dations that cater to people with cancer, their families, and caregivers when traveling away from home for medical treatment. Lodging options range from hospitality houses, hotels, host family matching programs, apartments, and more. Some lodging facilities listed are free of charge; others offer a dis­counted rate. Details on each lodging facility are available with information on amenities, rates, reservation meth­ods, and requirements. Those who do not have Internet access may call (877) 563-7468. A representative will provide you with the lodging facilities listed as well as their reservation information.

The National Children’s Cancer Society helps families battling child­hood cancer by offering direct financial assistance for non-medical expenses associated with treatment, including lodging, transportation, and food. Visit or call (314) 241-1600 to request assistance.

Ronald McDonald House Charities provides a “home away from home” for families of seriously ill children receiving treatment at nearby hospitals. In return, families either stay at no cost or are asked to make a donation of up to $25 per day, depending on the house. To find a Ronald McDonald House near you, visit or call (630) 623-7048.

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Contact each organization to obtain spe­cific eligibility requirements. In addition, check with your local cancer treatment cen­ter, hospital, American Cancer Society office, or other cancer support organization for information about lodging or obtaining financial assistance for lodging for cancer survivors and their families. This listing was compiled by the editors of Coping® and may not include all lodging providers or coordinators.

This article was published in Coping® with Cancer magazine, July/August 2016.