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#156584 - 10/22/12 03:50 AM Free Lodging through Amercian Cancer Society
terrib Offline
Senior Member (100+ posts)

Registered: 02/05/12
Posts: 151
Loc: MN
Just wanted to post the link for the Hope Lodge locations throughout the United States. We were quite thankful to find out about the Hope Lodge prior to treatment since we had been commuting 3 hours each way. It was wonderful staying there throughout treatment and being able to stay there when we are back for follow-up appts which have been involving 2-3 days each month. We were provided with a very nice room and there were 6 fully equipped kitchens to use. We met a lot of wonderful people that work there and also made friends with a lot of the other residents.
Husband diagnosed Oct '11 Cancer of the vocal cord Nov '11 removed right vocal cord. Neck Dissection, cancer in one node, .2, very small & contained) Jan '12 Radiation and Cisplatin, 6 doses. June '12 & Dec '12 clear Pet scan. April '13 Celebrating 1 year cancer free since treatment ended.

#156598 - 10/22/12 03:11 PM Re: Free Lodging through Amercian Cancer Society [Re: terrib]
debandbill Offline
"Above & Beyond" Member (500+ posts)

Registered: 07/12/07
Posts: 939
Loc: Punta Gorda, Florida
Agree..although we chose not to stay at the Hope Lodge at Moffitt in Tampa...we toured the facility and thought that it was a marvelous option for those needing to be close by for treatments. It was clean, well appointed with each apartment having a living area with TV and a bedroom and one bath. There was no charge no matter what your financial picture. I was impressed.

One caveat (at least this was the case 5 years ago)...the patient must have a caregiver stay with them at the lodge.

We were very thankful to the ACS for that help should we have needed it.
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.
PEG OUT: 1/08
PORT OUT: 4/09
FOLLOWUP: Now only annual exams. ALL CLEAR!

Passed away 1/7/17 RIP Bill

#156837 - 10/27/12 11:41 PM Re: Free Lodging through Amercian Cancer Society [Re: terrib]
EzJim Offline
Patient Advocate (old timer, 2000 posts)

Registered: 06/12/07
Posts: 5260
Loc: Mingo Jct., Ohio
I called them a couple of years ago and all they would give me was advice on where to get treated. Maybe they couldn't understand the new way I talk. It sounds good to me as I had to pay for every room I stayed in by each Hospital. Thanks for the info.
Since posting this. UPMC, Pittsburgh, Oct 2011 until Jan. I averaged about 2 to 3 surgeries a week there. w Can't have jaw made as bone is deteroriating steaily that is left in jaw. Mersa is to blame. Feeding tube . Had trach for 4mos. Got it out April.
--- Passed away 5/14/14, will be greatly missed by everyone here


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