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Traveling for treatment? Where to stay, and how to get there! August 14, 2008

Posted by PAS in cancer, survivorship.
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When you really need it, it’s tough to find resources to help patients who have to travel for treatment or second opinions or follow-ups.

I’ve kept a file of all the information accumulated over four five-and-a-half years as a traveling cancer patient. My personal experience is all within NYC, but I’ve included here the information I have that applies to other sites in the US. I hope the information on this list helps someone else in his/her search for affordable housing or transportation to a distant treatment center.

I checked all of these links and they were working as of today (August 14, 2008 November 18, 2009)

Websites which list housing resouces across the US, by city/state/hospital

Both the NAHHH and Joe’s House sites try to list all available hospitality houses.
National Association of Hospital Hospitality Houses Inc. (NAHHH) website: http://www.nahhh.org/
Joe’s House website, which also includes area hotels: http://www.joeshouse.org/
American Cancer Society sponsored houses only:
ACS Hope Lodges website: http://www.cancer.org/docroot/subsite/hopelodge/index.asp
FAQs: http://www.cancer.org/docroot/subsite/hopelodge/frequently_asked_questions.asp
Hope Lodges are available in 19 states and in Puerto Rico.


Websites which list low-cost short term rental information in various cities:

AirBnB (follow them on Twitter @Airbnb) offers hosted and non-hosted, shared and private short (1 night) and extended stays in over 1600 cities in 98 countries. There are AirBnB hosts in all of the major cities in the US where cancer treatment centers are located. Rentals are private, arranged directly with the owner(s), and each owner’s site(s) feature pictures, information and reviews by other Airbnb guests. Rentals can be paid with credit cards or through PayPal.

Individual Hospitality Houses and Treatment Center Information

Baltimore, MD
Johns Hopkins housing resources webpage:

Boston, MA
Hospitality Homes website (serves all Boston hospitals, including Dana-Farber Cancer Institute):

New York City, NY
Miracle House website: http://www.miraclehouse.org/
— 560 West 43rd St., NY NY (near 11th Ave.) in the RiverWest apartment building (doorman, 24-hr. secure bldg.); organization serves patients and caregivers receiving treatment at any NYC hospital
Memorial Sloan Kettering Accommodations webpage: http://www.mskcc.org/mskcc/html/5364.cfm
MSKCC social worker telephone number (for lodging assistance and ACS Hope Lodge referrals): 212.639.7020

Philadelphia, PA
Fox-Chase Cancer Center housing resources webpage: http://www.fccc.edu/information/lodging/hotels.html

Free Air Transportation for Cancer Patients

AirCare Alliance website (list of as many free air transport resources as they can find):
AirCharity Network (coordinates flights for people in need, some on commercial airlines) website:
AngelFlights (volunteer, no fee) website:
Corporate Angels (free flights for cancer patients on corporate jets) website:

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