• 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?

    27 Answers from the Community

    27 answers
    • cllinda's Avatar

      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.

      6 months ago
    • HeidiJo's Avatar

      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

      6 months ago
    • LiveWithCancer's Avatar

      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.

      6 months ago
    • po18guy's Avatar

      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

      6 months ago
    • GregP_WN's Avatar

      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.

      6 months ago
    • Xmintera's Avatar

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

      6 months ago
    • Boogerman's Avatar

      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.

      6 months ago
    • DIlly39's Avatar

      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.

      6 months ago
    • Ksantema's Avatar

      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.

      6 months ago
    • merpreb's Avatar

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

      6 months ago
    • PLH's Avatar

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

      6 months ago
    • MLT's Avatar

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

      6 months ago
    • mtnraindancer's Avatar

      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.

      6 months ago
    • ddeangelis' Avatar

      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.

      6 months ago
    • wmsavs' Avatar

      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.

      6 months ago
    • BuckeyeShelby's Avatar

      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.

      6 months ago
    • lynn1950's Avatar

      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.

      6 months ago
    • SandiA's Avatar

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

      6 months ago
    • lo15's Avatar

      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

      5 months ago
    • shyone's Avatar

      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.)

      5 months ago
    • abrub's Avatar

      My care is 175 miles from home.

      5 months ago
    • KB2013's Avatar

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

      5 months ago
    • petieagnor's Avatar

      I'm 5 miles each way. I can't judge by time for several factors, but allow half an hour. I keep track of my mileage for my taxes.

      5 months ago
    • Dick_K's Avatar

      For me it's a 86 mile one way trip into NYC. On a good day (very unusual) it's a two hour drive. A normal commute is around three hours but it has been up to four hours. My appointments are always in the morning so I fight the workday commute. Going home almost always is about 2 1/2 hours.

      5 months ago
    • KathyMarie's Avatar

      I go 107 miles one way. At first it was as often as 3 times in one week but now only once every 3 weeks. I chose to go to a nationally recognized NCI to get access to clinical trials and less invasive surgery. Am very glad.

      3 months ago
    • BudBandit's Avatar

      I travel 45 min. one way,just finished a 10 day in a row radiation treatment.I believe I'm being scheduled for 10 more Mon. today is 3/08/2019

      2 months ago
    • DIlly39's Avatar

      Use to get free van rides to & from cancer center every 3 weeks which takes about 15 minutes each way. Took this van service for years & it was extremely helpful & a great service . Recently this service was stopped,. which people depended on. So sad this service has ended making it difficult for transportation. Heard it was stopped by a new administrator at the center to save them money. These treatment costs are extremely expensive so to me there's no reason to stop this most needed service.

      2 months ago

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