• How far are you traveling for your treatments? I have a local doctor in my small community, but to go to the oncologist or for chemo/rad

    Asked by downbutnotout on Wednesday, April 30, 2014

    How far are you traveling for your treatments? I have a local doctor in my small community, but to go to the oncologist or for chemo/rad

    radiation I have to travel 125 miles. Are any of you having to go that far? I don't have any choice I know, just was curious how others are dealing with the time and expense of this much travel.

    15 Answers from the Community

    15 answers
    • cam32505's Avatar
      cam32505

      I had to drive about 45 minutes each way for all my treatment, not bad for a university hospital. But, when you don't feel good, it's far if you're driving yourself. It's also a hassle for a family member to drive because it's a long day for them to wait and far to leave and return.

      almost 4 years ago
    • doctorsassist's Avatar
      doctorsassist

      It is always better to go to oncologist for taking chemo and radiotherapy. Many people come from 100 to 150 km for getting radiation treatment. Some people go to office after getting treatment. You can get more info on www.doctorsassist.com

      almost 4 years ago
    • Dick_K's Avatar
      Dick_K

      My trip is about 80 miles but it is to New York City. Depending on the traffic, it generally is between 2 1/2 and 3 hours. I consider that a very tiny inconvenience to see a really good medical team.

      I do keep track of mileage, tolls, and parking fees for income tax purposes.

      almost 4 years ago
    • LiveWithCancer's Avatar
      LiveWithCancer

      I drive for about an hour each way, but I live in a big city and the hospital I chose is clear across town. I could get treatment much closer to home if I wished to go with a different treatment routine.

      almost 4 years ago
    • lilymadeline's Avatar
      lilymadeline

      I have met people at my cancer center from all over the world and from all over the US as well! People travel as far as necessary to get treatment, but it is certainly a bother and stressful So sorry that you have to travel that far, but you probably live in a beautiful place so it worth it. And the treatments will be over eventually! I live only a few minutes from my hospital, but I live in a crowded and polluted city. :-( I guess it is a trade off....but I envy you if you live out in the beautiful countryside! Good luck and God bless!

      almost 4 years ago
    • Heather3's Avatar
      Heather3

      Click on the Resource tab at the top of the page. There is information for seeking assistance for those who have to travel long distances for treatment. you enter in your zip code and it shows what is available in your area. I hope you are able to find some assistance. Good luck on your treatments. I hope the time goes by quickly! Those who travel such long distances are truly amazing to me.

      almost 4 years ago
    • GregP_WN's Avatar
      GregP_WN

      I travel to my nearest large city for my oncologist and any serious surgery or procedures. This is 2.5 to 3 hours away, I've recently spent 3 days worth of time going back and fourth. I had radiation treatment done locally after I consulted with my specialist and he assured me that they would discuss my plan with the local facility to be sure what was going to happen. Still, I am happy to drive the distance to see quality doctors.

      almost 4 years ago
    • Postmark's Avatar
      Postmark

      We travel 95 miles one way for my wife's radiation 5 days a week for 33 sessions.

      almost 4 years ago
    • Lynne-I-Am's Avatar
      Lynne-I-Am

      When I was diagnosed with ovarian cancer there was no gyn onc in our town so we traveled two and a half hours to the doctor and infusion center. Luckily my brother in law and sister in law lived close to that doctor and my husband and I were often able to stay with them during my treatments, a kindness I will never be able to repay. You do what you have to do when battling this disease, none of it is easy.

      almost 4 years ago
    • arccansaw1's Avatar
      arccansaw1

      My Stem Cell Transplant was to take place at the Virginia Piper Cancer Center in Scottsdale, Arizona, which was an hour and a half from my house. So, my husband contacted the American Cancer Society for assistance. They told us about the Hope Lodge and we stayed there for about 3 weeks during that process. It helped us out tremendously because it cut our travel time down to 15 minutes or less. It gave us peace of mind just in case I got sick or had a bad reaction to the transplant. It was so nice to have a clean, peaceful place to rest after chemo and the transplant.

      almost 4 years ago
    • C_Finkbeiner's Avatar
      C_Finkbeiner

      I had my recent SCT 200 miles from home. I found transportation assistance through "CancerCare door-to-door" www.cancercare.org 1-800-813-hope
      Craig

      almost 4 years ago
    • SueRae1's Avatar
      SueRae1

      I am blessed - I live 1 mile from the Columbia Campus (168th st & FT Wash NYC) of Columbia/Cornell medical center. By cab/car it's about 3-10 min depending on traffic, if I'm up to it I walk 20-30 min. My 2nd opinions are a bit further down down about 5-8 miles from home.

      I too have met many people from all over who come to the center to visit oncologists, other specialist and receive treatment.

      The oncology center has their own social workers and I know that they help set up transportation and transportation reimbursement for patricians. If you drive you get a parking voucher to help defray the cost of the parking lot.

      almost 4 years ago
    • DJS's Avatar
      DJS

      I live in NYC and within walking distance of my cancer treatment clinic, but the people in the chairs next to me fly in from all over and live in hotels just to get treated by my doctor. One woman's colleagues pooled their hotel benefit points so she could stay here, some are wealthy and can weather the costs -- we're all in the same chairs. The attitude is ya gotta do what ya gotta do, and we're all very grateful we can do it, no matter how we get there.

      almost 4 years ago
    • Paul's Avatar
      Paul

      I used to have a local Dr but now travel about 60 miles each way to see my Dr and get treatment as needed. It is worth it to me as I am treated better and now enjoy near complete remission.

      almost 4 years ago
    • DJS's Avatar
      DJS

      Also, contact your local ACS. I know in NYC they have free of charge suites to put up families while they seek care or second opinions. I believe it's called Hope Lodge, or something similar. Definitely worth looking into.

      almost 4 years ago

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