Support Teams for Cancer Survivors and Caregivers
For cancer survivors, distant travel is sometimes necessary to reach a cancer center or hospital for treatment or a second opinion that is not available in their local communities. Various air transport organizations provide free or reduced-cost flights to assist people who need help. The following is a partial listing of organizations that provide or coordinate flights for cancer survivors and their families.
by Jolyn Taylor, MD, MPH, and Lois Ramondetta, MD
How are you? This is often the first thing a doctor says when you arrive for an appointment. While it’s a simple question, it’s one that can be difficult to answer. After all, most people battling cancer are likely experiencing a multitude of symptoms and side effects, with some more troubling than others. Should you report all of your symptoms? Only some of them? Which ones?
There are several reasons why people with cancer and their families may decide to travel to receive medical care. 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.
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