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Posted on: Feb 24, 2011 08:48PM

Posted on: Feb 24, 2011 08:48PM

redhotlt1 wrote:

hello out there i don`t know if this is in the correct section but i`m doing this for my mom who has stag 2 breast cancer. i know if this may sound selfish but does any groups or health insurance cover her gas to travel to her treatment which is almost 100 miles from her home. i`ve been driving her and sitting with her and she has insurance but with the price of gas today the strain is hurting her budget, she`s retied and her income is fixed. if anyone has any info on this please let me know and thank you in advance.

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Feb 24, 2011 08:57PM Alpal wrote:

Contact the American Cancer Society. I know that in the past they've given gas vouchers to people in active treatment. Good luck! Hopefully, others will chime in with other sources of help.

Allison Dx 7/2008, IDC, Stage IV, mets, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Feb 24, 2011 08:58PM - edited Feb 24, 2011 09:00PM by 1Athena1

There are organizations that may help:

1) Information from the American Cancer Society: (

People who have Medicaid are entitled to help with travel to medical centers and doctors' offices for treatment. This may take the form of payment or being paid back (reimbursed) for gas, payment of bus fare, or may mean using a vanpool. County departments of social services in each state arrange for help with transportation, but families must ask for it by talking to their Medicaid case worker.

The American Cancer Society Road to Recovery program is available in some areas. Volunteers drive patients and families to hospitals and clinics for treatment. In some parts of the country, the ACS may also provide some limited help with the cost of gas. Contact your local American Cancer Society office for more information on what type of transportation program is available in your area.

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS), through its Patient Aid program, can help some families with the cost of gas and parking for outpatient treatment. There is a limit on the amount of financial help given to each patient and family for each year. Check with your team social worker about this program or see contact the LLS at 1-800-955-4572 or

Community and church groups may be sources of help with travel or its costs, too. Also, talk to your team social worker about getting help with hospital or clinic parking fees.

2) Information from Susan G. Komen: (

Transportation assistance

Local transportation

Some people find it hard to get to and from their breast cancer treatments. The social work and patient relations departments at your hospital may have information on local transportation programs. Some cancer organizations also have program that can help.

American Cancer Society's Road to Recovery program
800-ACS-2345 (800-227-2345)

CancerCare's AVONCares program
800-813-HOPE (800-813-4673)

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.

Long-distance transportation

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

Air Charity Network
A group of organizations that offer air travel to cancer patients and their caregivers.
(877) 621-7177

Corporate Angel Network
Uses empty seats on corporate aircraft to help cancer patients reach treatment centers.
(866) 328-1313

Lifeline Pilots
Offers air travel to treatment centers for cancer patients and their caregivers.
(800) 822-7972

Mercy Medical Airlift
Offers air travel to treatment centers for cancer patients and their caregivers.
(800) 296-1217

National Patient Travel Center
Offers air travel to treatment centers for cancer patients and their caregivers.
(800) 296-1217

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

Anyone diagnosed with cancer should learn to have a healthy disrespect for statistics. Statistics are maths. It's the science which still eludes us. Dx 3/2009, IDC, 3cm, Stage IIB, Grade 3, 3/8 nodes, mets, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Feb 24, 2011 09:23PM redhotlt1 wrote:

thank you my mom has been worried and stressed and that isn`t good for her, i`ll let her know and get that ball rolling.

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Feb 24, 2011 10:09PM Letlet wrote:

check out they helped me tremendously and generously including a visa card for gas

Dx 8/27/2010, IDC, 3cm, Stage IIIA, Grade 3, 6/23 nodes, ER-/PR+, HER2+
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Feb 24, 2011 10:14PM Laurie_R wrote:

You can also contact the Susan B Koman group (contact the social worker where your mom gets her treatment) and see if your mom is eliegable for a grant.  If she is than she can use the money for anything she needs.  You can also contact the American Cancer Society they also have grants.

Laurie R Brown Dx 11/15/2009, ILC, 3cm, Stage IIIA, Grade 3, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2-
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Feb 24, 2011 10:59PM Twinmom77 wrote:

I know Medicaid provides free transportation to med appts, I'm not sure if Medicare does as well.  Also, you may want to keep a little notebook of all travel to doc appts, trips to pharmacy, or any other travel that's medically related because that counts as a medical deduction on taxes.

1st dx 6/09 IDC, Stage I, HER2/ER/PR+, 0/2 nodes Dx 6/12/2009, IDC, 1cm, Stage I, Grade 3, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2+ Targeted Therapy 7/21/2009 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Chemotherapy 7/21/2009 Carboplatin (Paraplatin), Taxotere (docetaxel) Surgery 12/8/2009 Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Left, Sentinel Radiation Therapy 1/30/2010 Dx 12/23/2011, IDC, <1cm, Stage I, Grade 2, 0/4 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 1/30/2012 Lymph node removal: Right, Sentinel; Mastectomy: Left, Right Surgery 1/30/2012 Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Hormonal Therapy 2/9/2012 Surgery Reconstruction (left); Reconstruction (right)

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