For cancer patients, the lack of transportation is a significant barrier to accessing life-saving treatments and contributes to disparities in cancer outcomes. Many people require daily or weekly treatment, often for several months.
“Family and friends can help get patients to their appointments, but they may not always have the time or resources to provide every ride, which can be a barrier to cancer care,” he said Kai Caroline, MSA, RN, Chief Nursing Officer at Karmanos Cancer Hospital. “This is the second year Karmanos has received the ACS Transportation Grant. We are committed to providing resources to our patients so they can access the cancer care they need, and this grant helps alleviate the stress of patients worrying about how they will get to the next Meeting.”
ACS seeks to increase access and remove barriers to timely, quality cancer care for patients and families. The transportation grant program provides funds directly to local health systems. This year, Karmanos is one of over 400 health systems selected to receive the grant.
“Some patients don’t have access to transportation or are too tired or ill to drive themselves,” he said Kathy Goss, Ph.D., Regional Vice President of Cancer Control for the American Cancer Society. “The Society works with hospital partners to reach people in areas with a high cancer burden and limited or no access to transportation, because even the best treatment cannot work if a patient cannot get there. ACS patient support initiatives, such as transportation grants, fill critical gaps and align with ACS’ goal of improving the lives of cancer patients, caregivers and the community.”
Patients requiring transportation assistance to appointments with Karmanos can contact their patient navigator at 1-800-KARMANOS.
About the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute
Karmanos Cancer Institute is a leader in transformative cancer care, research and education through courage, commitment and compassion. Karmanos’ vision is a cancer-free world. As part of McLaren Health Care, Karmanos is the largest provider of cancer care and research in Michigan. For more than 75 years, the administrative and research headquarters as well as the first-class cancer hospital have been located in the city center Detroit. With 16 network locations, Karmanos provides globally recognized care and access to clinical trials Michigan and north Ohio. The National Cancer Institute recognizes Karmanos as one of the top cancer centers in the country with a comprehensive cancer center award. His academic partnership with the Wayne State University The School of Medicine provides the framework for cancer research and education – it defines new standards of care and improves the chances of survival. For more information, call 1-800-KARMANOS (800-527-6266) or visit www.karmanos.org. Follow Karmanos on Facebook, TwitterLinkedIn and YouTube.
About the American Cancer Society
The American Cancer Society is dedicated to ridding the world of cancer. We invest in life-saving research, provide 24/7 information and support, and are committed to ensuring that people in every community have access to cancer prevention, detection and treatment. Visit Cancer.org for more information.
SOURCE Karmanos Cancer Institute