Getting the best care sometimes means cancer patients must travel away from home. This can place an extra emotional and financial burden on patients and caregivers during an already challenging time. The Cancer Support Community of Greater Ann Arbor, with grant support from the American Cancer Society and the University of Michigan Rogel Cancer Center, is trying to make this difficult situation easier for cancer patients and their families through its lodging programs.
Lodging expenses can present a significant financial barrier to receiving lifesaving treatment, and financial barriers are known to contribute to disparities in cancer outcomes. In a cooperative effort with area hotels, the Cancer Support Community provides overnight accommodations to cancer patients, their caregivers and families who must travel for treatment and need assistance with lodging.