• Financial Help

    Asked by StrongSteph on Tuesday, October 16, 2012

    Financial Help

    I have been trying to find somewhere to get some financial help to assist me in my gas bill to Stanford for my check ups. It is a long trip and about $130.00 round trip. I really feel that it is hard to get any help if 1) you are not in active treatment and 2) you are a middle class person. Any thoughts?

    11 Answers from the Community

    11 answers
    • FreeBird's Avatar
      FreeBird

      Wow. That's a heck of a ride. Why do they make you go so far for your checkups? That's about a nine-hour journey? How often do you go?

      about 5 years ago
    • teddyfuzz's Avatar
      teddyfuzz

      That is a long trip. You may want to tell them that you can no longer afford the gas and ask if they can recommend someone closer to home. Good luck.

      about 5 years ago
    • SueRae1's Avatar
      SueRae1

      Wow - that's really quite a trip. I agree with Teddyfuzz. See if your treatment center can help with the transportation costs and also find out if they can recommend a center of oncologist closer to home. based on the Map i saw you appear to be closer to Reno, Carson City and even Sacramento (though they look a distance away as well) then Stanford. Good luck.

      about 5 years ago
    • StrongSteph's Avatar
      StrongSteph

      i have been seeing a "local" oncologist and he seems to think all I need is an x-ray. I need to use a melanoma specialist to ensure if the cancer comes back I am with someone who can save my life.

      about 5 years ago
    • FreeBird's Avatar
      FreeBird

      I understand wanting to keep a specialist who has done well in the past. But I am not aware of anyone who will help cover that type of travel expense for that distance for check ups, and I think the chances of finding financial help for that are slim to none, except as you said for active treatment there may be assistance for travel and lodging-- particularly if it's not something that can be done locally. You might ask about the possibility of using telemedicine between local medical resources and your specialist to reduce the number of times you have to travel back and forth. I imagine some things can be done just as well closer to home, because it's pretty standard. Any scans, bloodwork, taking of your vital signs, and so on, I don't see why those types of things cannot be ordered by your specialist, done closer to home and sent over to your specialist, using all the fancy communications equipment that's available now. Some things cannot be done as well except in person. It's worth asking them if there are any creative ways to reduce the number of trips because the frequent travel costs are out of your reach. At our cancer center, the radiologist is located across the state in another city, and some of the lab reports come back from all the way out in California where you are. Even the PET/CT scan machine is in a big trailer that travels there only on certain days of the week, in order to receive care closer to home.

      It's much more efficient to bring care to the population, than to bring the population individually to the care in a remote location. Because there are so many people, donated money is probably stretched thin for people who don't even have a car. I imagine there must be some discount travel programs around, or creative ways to hitch a ride back and forth if you leave your car at home-- to use the energy that's already headed in your direction whether you go or not. That might be worth searching for if you're interested in being creative about your mode of transportation, and don't mind the adventure and inconvenience. It's too bad there's not a more efficient people mover to hop over there and back at will.

      If it's for the long haul, something you might consider, is what is keeping you residing in that location, and whether it's possible or practical to pick up and move there for a while. I don't know what your family situation, living arangements are there, and so on. I know that's a huge thing, and work and insurance to consider. Just throwing it out there. Some people might have circumstances that allow that.

      Another possibility is to ask your oncologist to recommend someone good who is a little closer to home, but can offer the same specialty, experience, and standard of care, to reduce travel distance. Who knows if they went to school with someone a few towns over, and know how to shave a few hours off your trip.

      Not the best ideas, but putting my thinking cap on. Good luck.

      about 5 years ago
    • ErinJ's Avatar
      ErinJ

      Our local American Cancer Society has assistance just such financial needs. Try to find a local ACS and ask them as a start.
      Blessings~

      about 5 years ago
    • BENDINTHEROAD's Avatar
      BENDINTHEROAD

      Contact your local American Cancer Society Office. They can and do send out gas cards. I live in Missouri and get treatment at Mayo in MN. (about a 400 mile trip one way - but worth it). It may only be a $50 gas card - but every little bit helps.

      about 5 years ago
    • carm's Avatar
      carm

      Hello, I am an oncology nurse. You might try contacting the Melanoma International Foundation at safefromthesun.org and they operate a patient/family hotline there. Also sites like cancercare.org or cancersupportcommunity.org might be able to help as well. You might also consider hooking up with a local oncologist that will be willing to work with your oncologist and do these check ups locally and then transmit the information to Stanford. Best of luck to you, Carm.

      about 5 years ago
    • Dick_K's Avatar
      Dick_K

      Here is a just updated link of resources. Most are for air travel, but maybe there is something there. Good Luck!

      http://melanomasucks.blogspot.com/2012/10/resources-for-cancer-patients.html

      about 5 years ago
    • Fusionera's Avatar
      Fusionera

      I agree with others here. Contact your local ACS and see what resources they can offer. I would also hold on to all of your gas receipts and keep careful mileage records on your car so you can deduct them at tax time.

      about 5 years ago
    • StrongSteph's Avatar
      StrongSteph

      thanks so much for everyone responding to my question, I have a place to start now!

      about 5 years ago

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