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Lake Charles Memorial Cancer Center Receives American Cancer Society Grant to Help Patients Overcome Transportation Barriers in SWLA

Cancer patients undergoing treatment frequently require assistance getting to and from facilities, often creating a financial and logistical burden. That’s why the American Cancer Society has awarded a transportation grant to Lake Charles Memorial Caner Center.These funds will be used to address the transportation needs of cancer patients in Southwest Louisiana.

An estimated 26,800 Louisiana residents will learn they have cancer this year and getting to their scheduled treatment may be one of their greatest roadblocks. To help patients get the critical care they need, American Cancer Society community transportation grants are awarded at a local level to health systems, treatment centers and community organizations. These grants are available in select communities through an application process and focus on addressing unmet transportation needs of cancer patients, particularly vulnerable populations experiencing an unequal burden of cancer.

“Disparities predominantly arise from inequities in work, wealth, income, education, housing and overall standard of living, as well as social barriers to high-quality cancer prevention, early detection and treatment services,” said Michele Bryant, American Cancer Society Health Systems Manager, Hospitals. “The Society collaborates with community health partners to reach individuals in areas with higher burdens of cancer and limited or no access to transportation because even the best treatment can’t work if a patient can’t get there.”

“Some patients don’t have access to transportation at all or are too fatigued or sick to drive themselves,” said Lenore Hayes, LCMH Oncology Patient Navigator. “Access to care is a big problem in our country, with low-income individuals and those living in rural communities suffering the most from disparities. Transportation programs are vital for these patients to get the treatments they need and deserve.”

For additional information about the American Cancer Society, call 1-800-227-2345 or visit cancer.org.