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Alice McKenney on July 24, 2009
New CancerCare program defrays transportation costs.
Getting from work to treatment and back home again will get easier for some patients with multiple myeloma, thanks to CancerCare's new "Door to Door" program. Under the new effort, announced July 20, CancerCare, a New York-based nonprofit, will offer individual grants of up to $600 a year to patients with multiple myeloma who need help with transportation expenses associated with getting to and from medical care. That includes gas costs as well as taxi, bus or train fare. Potential applicants may view the application form, including financial criteria, at www.cancercare.org. The grant program is funded partially by Millennium: The Takeda Oncology Company. About 20,000 people per year in the U.S. receive a diagnosis of multiple myeloma, a bone marrow cancer
To receive a Door to Door transportation grant, patients must meet certain eligibility criteria and complete an application form. A sample patient application form along with a physician verification form may be viewed online. To apply, call 1-800-813-HOPE (4673).