Transportation

Every day thousands of people being treated for cancer need a ride to treatment, follow up appointments or medical tests, but some may not have a way to get there.  It is critical that you get to all your scheduled treatments and medical appointments so that you can keep your treatment on track and take care of any physical or emotional concerns that are a part of treatment and recovery.

There are several options to assist you with arranging transportation to and from treatment and doctor's appointments.  Oftentimes, family and friends are eager to assist with transportation as it helps them feel useful to you in your cancer journey.  Churches and other faith-based groups may also have volunteers who can help with transportation.  Ask your oncologist or oncology nurse if there is an oncology social worker who can help you find local transportation.  The Cancer Support Community can also help you find transportation services nearby.  City, county and state agencies can arrange for low-cost or free local transportation for people who are disabled.  For more information on these services, contact your city, county or state transportation department. 

The American Cancer Society Road to Recovery program may have transportation to and from treatment available for people who have cancer who do not have a ride or are unable to drive themselves.  Volunteer drivers donate their time and the use of their cars so that patients can receive the life-saving treatments they need.  Call 1-800-227-2345 to find out if Road to Recovery is available in your community. 

Several organizations offer transportation assistance if you have to travel far from home for treatment:

Air Charity Network
A group organization that offer air travel to cancer patients and their caregivers.
(877) 621-7177
http://aircharitynetwrok.org/

Corporate Angel Network
Uses empty seats on corporate aircraft to help cancer patients reach treatment centers.
(866) 328-1313
http://www.corpangelnetwork.org/

Lifeline Pilots

Offers air travel to treatment centers for cancer patients and their caregivers. 
(800) 822-7972
http://www.lifelinepilots.org/

Raquel's Wings for Life
Offers air travel to treatment centers for cancer patients and their caregivers.
(940) 627-1050
http://raquelswingsforlife.com/

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