Transportation can be a big issue for patients receiving treatment for acute myeloid leukemia. Sometimes that means jumping in your car and driving yourself, but it can also mean needing a ride because you feel too sick, or needing to to take two trains and a bus just to get to the clinic.
Cancer Care has a transportation program to provide support that includes financial assistance to eligible individuals to pay for transportation-related costs such as gas, taxis, Uber or Lyft and public transportations in the New York City, New Jersey, Connecticut and Tri-State area. The financial assistance component of the program will continue until available funds are disbursed.
To apply for the program, call CancerCare's hopeline at 800-813-HOPE (4673), staffed Monday - Thursday from 10 am - 6 pm ET and Friday from 10 am - 5 pm ET. You will complete a brief interview. If you are eligible to apply, they will:
Additional services include counseling and other emotional support services provided by oncology social workers.
Not located in the Tri-State area? The Cancer Care website lists additional organizations that can help with transportation costs. Check out the list here.
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