• Transportation help

    Asked by abrub on Thursday, September 20, 2018

    Transportation help

    A very close friend just had surgery (HIPEC) for colorectal cancer in Pittsburgh, PA and will be needing low cost transport home (along with her husband) to Binghamton, NY. What resources can you recommend?

    12 Answers from the Community

    12 answers
    • JaneA's Avatar
      JaneA

      What about Angel Airlines for cancer patients? Here's the link:

      https://angelairlinesforcancerpatients.org/

      about 1 month ago
    • GregP_WN's Avatar
      GregP_WN

      How far is it? The American Cancer Society has their "Road to Recovery" program where volunteers will drive a person to and from appointments, treatments, or procedures.[phone number redacted] ACS Phone or the website for Road to Recovery https://www.cancer.org/treatment/support-programs-and-services/road-to-recovery.html but I noticed that you still have to call so they can look up volunteers in that area.

      Churchs often have volunteers that help if it's local.
      This Blog post we posted a couple years ago has several transportation services listed on it:
      https://www.whatnext.com/blog/posts/free-services-for-cancer-patients/

      about 1 month ago
    • andreacha's Avatar
      andreacha

      JaneA - I had never heard of Angel Airlines before so I looked at the link. They pay for the flights which is great - but - so shortly after surgery would flying with a commercial airline be safe for her? At first I thought it was like an air ambulance but it is strictly commercial now. I don't know enough about her to know how her immune system is faring. I'm not allowed to fly per my Oncologist. At first I thought he meant because I was on oxygen and I explained what can be used for o2 for flying and he said, "no", your immune system would not tolerate it. GregP_WN, I recently tried Road to Recovery and they led me to believe they now had volunteers in my area. Even though I gave them a 2 week notice, they couldn't let me know until Friday before the Monday appointment. No volunteers. I wasn't surprised as I had been told before that we were too "rural" to have volunteers - which sounded kind of dumb. **abrub - I do hope you can find assistance for your friend. It's such a trying time for her and the family.

      about 1 month ago
    • JaneA's Avatar
      JaneA

      There's also the corporate jet network. http://www.corpangelnetwork.org/home

      I don't know the distance between the two cities. Air ambulances are unreal in price. Try the corporate jet site and see. I recently learned that some company regularly flies people from their headquarters somewhere in WI down to Houston to go to MD Anderson.

      about 1 month ago
    • BarbarainBham's Avatar
      BarbarainBham

      Hey, abrub,
      If they are at the hospital right now, their best bet would be to use the Social Worker or Case Worker provided by the hospital for "discharge planning." The doctor and hospital may have it worked out where he will need to recuperate in a nursing home/long-term care facility or rehab facility nearby before going home. As someone above mentioned, because he's just had surgery, he may not be able to use a commercial airplane, etc.

      After discussing this with the Social Worker to get her ideas, if they hit a snag, then call the American Cancer Society for information. Among other things, they offer free lodging under certain circumstances---they definitely offer it to cancer patients, but I'm not sure about spouses.

      Best wishes.

      about 1 month ago
    • abrub's Avatar
      abrub

      Thanks, BarbarainBham. They have been discharged and are staying at a local facility for cancer patients until the final follow-up appointment (in 10 days from now). I've sent them info on contacting the ACS as well as the other links provided here by the other responders.

      Thank you all!

      about 1 month ago
    • BarbarainBham's Avatar
      BarbarainBham

      You didn't say how they travelled there or how many miles the trip is, but would a rental car be too expensive? If her husband is healthy enough to drive, it would be the easiest thing to do and far cheaper than airfare. Maybe the Red Cross or American Cancer Society would have funds for a rental car---or maybe the car company would have a special rate.

      Regarding flying, I keep reading things saying how many germs there are on an airplane and how they're locked up with you when you fly.

      about 1 month ago
    • abrub's Avatar
      abrub

      It's 300 miles, and her husband isn't healthy enough to drive (nor could they afford a rental car.) "Snow Bird" friends drove them to the hospital on their way south to Florida. At the moment, they are truly stranded in Pittsburgh (or will be when they are approved to go home around October 3). It's 500 miles from us to Pittsburgh, tho if push comes to shove, we may drive out and pick them up.

      about 1 month ago
    • BarbarainBham's Avatar
      BarbarainBham

      After 10 days, with his doctor's permission, I bet they'll be able to fly on an angel flight as first talked about above. I hope they have family to help once they get home.

      They're lucky to have a friend like you to help them. Have a great day!

      about 1 month ago
    • BarbarainBham's Avatar
      BarbarainBham

      If someone asks, we usually recommend doctors from the following list of NIH-associated Comprehensive Cancer Centers. They are cutting edge and do NIH research on cancer. Here's a link to a list by state with phone numbers. There are many in New York and the surrounding states.

      https://www.cancer.gov/research/nci-role/cancer-centers/find

      about 1 month ago
    • abrub's Avatar
      abrub

      She was at Hillman, UPMC. Best in the world for HIPEC

      about 1 month ago
    • alivenwell's Avatar
      alivenwell

      Can somebody at UBER do this? Sorry, it seemed expensive but a possibility.

      30 days ago

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