Cancer van helps with "hidden costs" of treatments
August 27, 2002
Albany--Some cancer patients don't have anyone to drive them to get radiation treatments, while others can't pay to have someone take them. This situation can force people to forego life saving treatment.
Phoebe Putney Hospital unveiled a new $30,000 dollar Cancer Center Van, adding to a fleet of vehicles that drive patients around Southwest Georgia. Cancer patients and oncologists say providing free transportation is critical.
Cancer Patient Ollie Lee says, "It has been a god sent blessing for senior citizens to get to and from their appointments without inconveniencing family." Oncologist Dr. Phillip Roberts says, "Its a major limiting factor for people. People who are poor who don't have means to hire transportation and family members who have to bring them, it can be quite an impediment."
Dr. Roberts says lack of transportation is one of many reasons that cause poorer people to have a worse outcome fighting cancer than people who are better off financially. The 15 seat van was paid for with money raised from the Debbie Reynolds benefit concert on April 30th.