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#143034 - 11/17/11 06:19 PM help with lodging?
ChristineB Offline
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Patient Advocate (old timer, 2000 posts)

Registered: 06/23/07
Posts: 8513
Loc: PA
Does anyone know of any resources available to help someone who will be traveling for radiation treatments. I know the American Cancer Society has drivers that can drive patients back and forth. I am one of their volunteer drivers.

The patient I am trying to help lives about 60 - 65 miles from the treatment center. With the horrible traffic when driving even on non rush hour times it will take about 2 hours each way. We all know that going thru radiation with chemo is bad but spending 4 hours a day, 5 days a week in a car traveling is pretty difficult.

I am hoping to find some resources that will help with lodging. I know of Hope House but they make it mandatory that someone stays with the patient and this is not always possible. Does anyone know of any other options for help with lodging in the Phila area? The cost of a hotel is out of the question, even one at $20 a night would be too much.
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Christine
SCC 6/15/07 L chk & by L molar both Stag I, age44
2x cispltn-35 IMRT end 9/27/07, no caregiver
Clear PET 1/08
4/4/08 recur L chk Stag I
surg 4/16/08 clr marg
215 HBO dives
3/09 teeth out, trismus
7/2/09 recur, Stg IV
8/24/09 trach, ND, mandiblctmy
3wks medicly inducd coma
2 mo extended hospital stay, ICU & burn unit
PICC line w/ IV antibiotics 8 mo
10/4/10, 2/14/11 reconst surg
OC 3 times in 3 years
very happy to be alive smile

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#143046 - 11/17/11 10:18 PM Re: help with lodging? [Re: ChristineB]
Pandora99 Offline
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Patient Advocate (1000+ posts)

Registered: 09/14/06
Posts: 1320
Loc: Winnipeg, Manitoba Canada
I wonderif this is something a local service club such as Lions, Elks, Moose, Wildebeasts or whatever might be able to help with? One letter could be sent to several organizations explaining the situationan and requesting help. ONce they have said yes/no you could give the individuals name.. I was a Lioness for years and we were used to individual requests


Edited by Pandora99 (11/17/11 10:20 PM)
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Donna,60,SCC L Tongue T2N1MO Stg IV 4/04 w/partial gloss;32 radtx; T2N2M0 Stg IV.New primary R tongue-2nd partial gloss w/graft 10/07; 30 radtx/2 cispl 2/08. 10 yrs from 1st dx, 6 yrs since 2nd dx. Surviving isn't easy,but grateful for EVERY day.Proudly Canadian - YES, UNIVERSAL HEALTH CARE IS WONDERFUL! Cancer does not eliminate vanity - I would still rather be 59!

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#143079 - 11/19/11 03:30 AM Re: help with lodging? [Re: Pandora99]
debandbill Offline
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Registered: 07/12/07
Posts: 939
Loc: Punta Gorda, Florida
Is the treatment center at a CCC? I know Moffitt had a liason office that we were directed to if we needed it that could help with all sorts of logistics and financing including lodging and transporation. I know this sort of thing is common so perhaps someone at the treatment facility can direct you to the resources.

Good luck, Deb
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Deb..caregiver to husband, age 63 at diagnosis, former smoker who quit in 1997.
DIAGNOSIS: 6/26/07 SCC right tonsil/BOT T4N0M0
TREATMENT START: 8/9/07 cisplatin/taxol X 7..IMRT twice daily X 31.5.
TREATMENT END: 10/1/07
PEG OUT: 1/08
PORT OUT: 4/09
FOLLOWUP: Now only annual exams. ALL CLEAR!

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#143709 - 12/07/11 09:57 PM Re: help with lodging? [Re: debandbill]
SUEZ Offline
"Above & Beyond" Member (500+ posts)

Registered: 07/21/10
Posts: 531
Loc: AURORA, OH
i was told for Ron if he needed a driver to take him to and from the hospital for treatments they would be able to get somebody for him, a volunteer. did he check with the hospital?
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CG to Ron
Out of Pain 4/3/13
4/12-lung and under chin growth no treatment
1/13/12 lung biopsy
6/11 recur 6/30 resection #2 Clear margins
Clear 12/10
Surg 5/13/10 neck dis/nodes part gloss/flap R thigh all teeth out
RAD 30 8/10
DX 4/2/10 "Oral Cavity" T3NOMO
12/28/07 Non Hodg Lymph remission 7/08

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#143725 - 12/08/11 03:48 AM Re: help with lodging? [Re: SUEZ]
ChristineB Offline
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Patient Advocate (old timer, 2000 posts)

Registered: 06/23/07
Posts: 8513
Loc: PA
The hospital is about 60 miles away so commuting will not be very easy. I know the American Cancer Society has volunteer drivers available for people going thru cancer treatments. I am one of the volunteer drivers who helps take patients to their appointments. The problem is that the list of patients who need rides is greater than the number of volunteers. I have not heard of any local hospitals providing transportation to their cancer patients but I will pass this info along just in case. Never know, maybe their hospital offers that service. Thanks Sue!
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Christine
SCC 6/15/07 L chk & by L molar both Stag I, age44
2x cispltn-35 IMRT end 9/27/07, no caregiver
Clear PET 1/08
4/4/08 recur L chk Stag I
surg 4/16/08 clr marg
215 HBO dives
3/09 teeth out, trismus
7/2/09 recur, Stg IV
8/24/09 trach, ND, mandiblctmy
3wks medicly inducd coma
2 mo extended hospital stay, ICU & burn unit
PICC line w/ IV antibiotics 8 mo
10/4/10, 2/14/11 reconst surg
OC 3 times in 3 years
very happy to be alive smile

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#143745 - 12/08/11 09:41 PM Re: help with lodging? [Re: ChristineB]
SUEZ Offline
"Above & Beyond" Member (500+ posts)

Registered: 07/21/10
Posts: 531
Loc: AURORA, OH
YW Christine! Hopefully there will be somebody that does this
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CG to Ron
Out of Pain 4/3/13
4/12-lung and under chin growth no treatment
1/13/12 lung biopsy
6/11 recur 6/30 resection #2 Clear margins
Clear 12/10
Surg 5/13/10 neck dis/nodes part gloss/flap R thigh all teeth out
RAD 30 8/10
DX 4/2/10 "Oral Cavity" T3NOMO
12/28/07 Non Hodg Lymph remission 7/08

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