Cancer patients have a lot to think about. In addition to finding the best doctors and treatment options, there are also responsibilities at home and work that require time and attention. We’ve written about several of these issues in past posts. Now it’s time to take a look at housing needs for those who travel for their cancer treatment.
Housing Help for Cancer Patients
When a patient is traveling for cancer treatments, having a clean, comfortable place to stay is essential. Fortunately, many organizations recognize that providing housing for out-of-town cancer patients also provides financial help and peace of mind when it’s needed most. And there are some amazing organizations for help for cancer patients that offer housing for both the patient and their families.
Explore Your Options
There are seven national groups that organize patient housing, from the American Cancer Society to the National Children’s Cancer Society. Ronald McDonald House Charities offer everything from lodging near hospitals to family rooms right in hospitals to serve as places to relieve stress.
There’s even housing services aimed at serving actors, courtesy of The Actors Fund.
Of the specialized groups, six cancers are covered. Be the Match works with patients who have brain and nervous system cancers. Other groups are focused on providing housing for patients with colorectal cancer, leukemia, lymphoma, multiple myeloma and pediatric cancers.
There are additional options as well. The Cancer Financial Assistance Organization offers a service to find local groups near your zip code.
Help for cancer patients comes in so many forms. Whether you’re in need of financial help, care giving, housing or medical care, there is a variety of organizations throughout the United States that are eager to help. Don’t be afraid to take the first step and reach out for assistance. If there’s a need, chances are, someone is working to provide it.