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Treatment that saves lives starts with transport – GV Wire


Ada was alone and living in a shelter when she was diagnosed with breast cancer. She had no family support system and no way to get to her many medical appointments.

“A staff member at the shelter put me in touch with the American Cancer Society,” Ada says, “and the ACS gave me the tools and support I needed to understand my diagnosis. I felt calm and fearless thanks to them. With the help and compassion of ACS, I was able to benefit from free transportation to my life-saving treatments and accommodation closer to my cancer center.

Last year, the Community Health System helped fund the American Cancer Society’s Road to Recovery program, a service that provides round-trip travel for low-income and disadvantaged cancer patients. The community also supported the Cancer Society’s temporary accommodation program as part of its $ 175 million community benefit work in fiscal 2021. The funding helped fund 635 rides and 153 rooms. hotel for low-income cancer patients in Fresno, said Jennifer Giese, of the American Cancer Society. responsible for controlling strategic partnerships.

As a not-for-profit health system, Community reinvests 10% or more of its operating expenses in the region as “community benefit” to train new doctors and nurses, for charitable care and non-medical care. reimbursed for the poor and underserved, and for community education and awareness.

While Fresno County has lower cancer rates for all types of cancer except lung cancer compared to the rest of California, patients here struggle to access care due to the great poverty and low insurance rates. In focus groups that Community held in 2019 with black cancer patients to assess health needs, the most frequently cited challenge was transportation to treatment.

“When I was diagnosed with lymphoma, I didn’t know how I was going to get treatment because my family couldn’t stop working,” says Feliza. A friend helped her put her in touch with the Road to Recovery program. “When I knew that I was going to be able to seek treatment thanks to the American Cancer Society, I was ecstatic! I no longer had to worry and can now focus on my treatments and get better.

Connect patients to a local cancer center

Community Cancer Institute social workers and pivot nurses often connect patients with the various support programs of the American Cancer Society. “It saved my life because I don’t have cancer anymore,” Sara says of this social worker referral. “I didn’t have a family in the area and I didn’t know how I was going to get to my (breast cancer) treatment appointments. I never realized that a program like this existed.

As part of the community health system, the Cancer Institute on the campus of the Clovis Community Medical Center offers outpatient services, advanced cancer technology, and a myriad of support services under one roof to facilitate access and expedite treatment. In collaboration with UCSF, groundbreaking research and more than 30 clinical trials take place there, making the latest available treatments available to Valley patients.

Peter had a similar experience: “I am eternally grateful to the American Cancer Society for providing transportation for me when I was battling lung cancer in the summer of 2019. The whole team were extremely courteous and professional. to help me during the multiple doctor’s appointments I have had. during an extremely difficult time in my life. And thank you to my medical team for referring me to ACS services. I didn’t know they existed!

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