Resources for Patients and their Families

Travel Agents

Some cancer patients may live close to a major cancer center or other regional hospital that has an exemplary program that treats mesothelioma disease. Others, however, are not so lucky. Many patients must travel large distances to take advantage of thoracic cancer programs that can help improve their mesothelioma prognosis.

Traveling can be burdensome, especially when you’re not feeling well. Furthermore, arrangements often also need to be made for family members who are coming along, especially if you are expecting an extended stay. In addition, patients and their families often have just a short amount of time to make all of these arrangements, especially if surgery is imminent or it’s necessary to begin treatments immediately, as is often the case with this aggressive form of cancer.

Hire a Travel Agent

When you’re traveling to an area with which you are unfamiliar, particularly for a reason as important as medical care, you’ll want to have all your arrangements in place before you arrive. A travel agent that is familiar with the region to which you are traveling can assist in making just about all the arrangements that will accommodate your needs during your stay.

Though travel agents seem a thing of the past, especially with the large number of travel resources available, the travel agent can be invaluable in situations such as this. In particular, you’ll want to find one that is close to the hospital or mesothelioma clinic where you or your family member will be spending their time.

Making Arrangements

Once you’re found a travel agent that you are satisfied will be able to meet all your needs, make a list of the things you’ll need them to do for you. Remember, a good travel agent can make a stressful trip as pleasant as possible by having everything in place when you arrive at your destination.

If you’re traveling more than 3-4 hours by car to a cancer hospital, you may want to consider flying to your destination. Though airports do present certain hassles, a long car ride can be difficult for a mesothelioma patient, especially if he or she is experiencing an uncomfortable symptoms brought on by the disease. Ask your travel agent to peruse fares for you and find flights that fit your budget and your time schedule. If you are leaving less than 7 days from the time of booking, you may pay a little more, but travel agents tend to know the secrets of getting a reasonable price per seat.

The next thing you’ll need is reasonably priced, clean accommodations close to the hospital, especially if family members and/or the patient need to be in the area for an extended period of time. The travel agent should know which hotels offer special rates for hospital patients and their families and may even be able to secure some extra amenities, like a full kitchen or kitchenette. Ask for lodging that has shuttle service back and forth to the hospital if you won’t have a car.

Finally, travel agents who are well informed about the area they serve can assist you further by compiling names and addresses of places such as supermarkets, restaurants, and even museums and attractions, as family members may find themselves with extra time on their hands or may need a break from the hospital routine from time to time.

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