Travelling to and from medical appointments is difficult for many people affected by cancer. Cancer treatment usually occurs over an extended period of time and requires repeated attendance at facilities which may be far from home. Radiotherapy, in particular requires daily attendance for up to six weeks and a common side effect is fatigue.
Appropriate travel options to health services are vital.
Cancer Council NSW helps people affected by cancer and their carers travel to treatment in New South Wales. Support is provided in four ways:
- Grant funding support is given to local community transport providers
- Cancer Council owned vehicles are operated externally with Cancer Council volunteers
- Cancer Council owned services are operated with Cancer Council volunteers
- Cancer Council volunteers use their personal vehicles
Last financial year, Cancer Council supported 28 patient transport services. Our Transport to Treatment drivers made over 20,000 trips, covering more than 790,000 km.
To find out if a Cancer Council NSW service operates in your area please call Cancer Council NSW on 13 11 20.
If you would like to volunteer to become a transport volunteer please contact the program manager on 02 9334 1970.