• Sort of a survey ~ How far do you have to travel from home for your treatments?

    Asked by GregP_WN on Tuesday, December 4, 2018

    Sort of a survey ~ How far do you have to travel from home for your treatments?

    How far, one way do you drive?
    Are you going daily, weekly, every 2 weeks, etc?
    Chemo, Radiation, or both?

    22 Answers from the Community

    22 answers
    • cllinda's Avatar
      cllinda

      I was lucky. Chemo was about three miles from home and radiation was about six miles. And with 7 weeks of radiation to go through, my center offered free rides to and from the center. It was so nice to get in a warm van and not have any worries about rides. And the service was free.

      11 days ago
    • HeidiJo's Avatar
      HeidiJo

      I went every 3 weeks for chemo. It was about 15 min from my home. i couldnt imagine having to travel far, I was nauseous at the end of my treatments.
      The thing that really sucked was having to go back the next day for my Neulasta shot. I was sick and weak by then

      11 days ago
    • LiveWithCancer's Avatar
      LiveWithCancer

      It takes me about an hour each way. I went every 2 weeks for years, but now I only go once a month. (Of course, that doesn't count scans, etc.)

      When I had radiation treatments, it was a daily trip, 1 hour each way.

      11 days ago
    • po18guy's Avatar
      po18guy

      I wanted local treatment. The locals did not think I had cancer. DW "convinced" me to seek diagnosis and treatment at an NCI designated facility just over 40 miles away. 1 hour drive each way. We have made that round trip hundreds of times now over 10 years of constant treatment. We have little praise for the driving public, but realize they are doing the best they can

      11 days ago
    • GregP_WN's Avatar
      GregP_WN

      My treatment facility was about 20 miles from where we live, but in the same town my business is in. So, I would drive to treatment at 8, then be at work by 830 - 845 or so. But if anything needs to be done other than follow the instructions then we are off to Vanderbilt which is a 2 hour trip, on a good day. 3 or more if there are the usual traffic snarls.

      11 days ago
    • Xmintera's Avatar
      Xmintera

      Every three weeks for treatments not counting scans. 70 miles one way. I’m now only doing chemo. Thank God. Radiation sucks.

      11 days ago
    • Boogerman's Avatar
      Boogerman

      My treatment facility was across the street from my hospital where I had surgery and procedures. It was downtown and we lived on the edge of town, it took us 30 minutes to get there. 5 minutes to find parking and walking in was another 5 minutes. I was usually getting sick before getting back home.

      11 days ago
    • DIlly39's Avatar
      DIlly39

      Not sure if the exact miles to my immunotheropy every 3 weeks. Had a mobility can pick me up & take me home when finished. Great service for those in need. Now the services have ended which really upset a lot of people who used this service for years. So sad this has happened. Cutting costs in those of us that really needed this service.

      10 days ago
    • Ksantema's Avatar
      Ksantema

      Luckily it is only a 20 minute drive. The only concern I have is winter being here. Last year we moved to a lake outside of town. I wonder how easy/safe it will be to get into town for chemo during bad weather. But then that is a chance we took when moving out here.

      10 days ago
    • merpreb's Avatar
      merpreb

      I live in RI and travel by train to Boston- 1- 1/2 hours. Driving is horrendous- way too much traffic.

      10 days ago
    • PLH's Avatar
      PLH

      From one side of the house to the other for targeted therapy. When I did radiation it was about 15 minutes from home.

      10 days ago
    • MLT's Avatar
      MLT

      I travel 45 min to a breast center. So worth it. I do worry about winter weather, but chemo nurses said to just reschedule.

      10 days ago
    • mtnraindancer's Avatar
      mtnraindancer

      I am 5 miles from my cancer clinic and have a daughter working at the hospital next door. I got lucky and immediately had an appointment with the head of the surgical oncology department at the Medical University in Charleston which is a little over an hour from where I am having my chemo. I was truly blessed when I found out that my surgeon and oncologist work together on cases. While having chemo, I can be near my daughter and if all goes well and I can have surgery at MUSC. I am only a little over an hour from MUSC. Thankful and Blessed in so many ways.

      10 days ago
    • ddeangelis' Avatar
      ddeangelis

      My local hospital is about 10 minutes away where I receive my immunotherapy treatment and also have appointments with my oncologist. I am quite fortunate. The hospital where I have radiation and CT scans is across the street. Again, I am fortunate to have the two hospitals very close to my house.

      10 days ago
    • wmsavs' Avatar
      wmsavs

      We're about 20-30 minutes from my wife's treatment center which is done in her oncologists' office. She usually has her blood drawn to determine if alright for chemo and immunotherapy, see the doctor and then treatments. It's very convenient and comfortable with many of same patients we've become "sort of" friends. Hospital for scans is about 15-20 minutes in same direction/area.

      10 days ago
    • BuckeyeShelby's Avatar
      BuckeyeShelby

      I was maybe 3 miles away, straight shot from the infusion center to my home. My hospital/surgical oncologist was maybe 10 minutes, depending on traffic. All nice and local.

      10 days ago
    • lynn1950's Avatar
      lynn1950

      Chemo was an hour and a half away - every other week for 4 months. The neulasta shot was 45 min. away. Radiation was really complicated. 5 days a week for six weeks - two hours travel time for one way! (When gas prices were over $3. gallon.) It was exhausting.

      10 days ago
    • SandiA's Avatar
      SandiA

      When I was in treatment I traveled an hour and a half every two weeks

      10 days ago
    • lo15's Avatar
      lo15

      One hour if the traffic is good, sometimes 2 each way. But once their I remember why we picked them for care. We go every 2 weeks

      9 days ago
    • shyone's Avatar
      shyone

      32 miles each way, which given the Southern California traffic (405 freeway) takes 1-1/2 to 2 hours each way. When I had chemo and radiation (25 days) it was a daily trek; now it's every three months, 3 trips for blood work, CT, and oncologist. (Not including trips for unrelated health care: monitoring of other cancers, lupus, wet macular degeneration, and life.)

      9 days ago
    • abrub's Avatar
      abrub

      My care is 175 miles from home.

      8 days ago
    • KB2013's Avatar
      KB2013

      2-1/2 hrs. to and from. This month it’s three trips but usually it’s one trip. Winter is very tense driving.

      4 days ago

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