For patients, caregivers and family members of the CTCA Community
Travel Guide for Cancer Patients

Created by CTCA Patients for You

Throughout your cancer journey, you may have reason to travel for treatment, work or pleasure. Fortunately, with careful planning and preparation, many people can travel during and after cancer treatment. Cancer Treatment Centers of America® (CTCA) patients and caregivers want to share the helpful tips they have learned with all Cancer Fighters, so they created a handy Travel Guide for Cancer Patients to help you prepare for your trips.

Our Travel Guide for Cancer Patients includes:

- Time-saving tips for navigating TSA
- Two checklists: one for carry-on bags, one for checked bags

CLICK HERE to download the Travel Guide for Cancer Patients.

Travel Resources

Air Care Alliance. The Air Care Alliance is a nationwide league of humanitarian flying organizations whose volunteer pilot members are dedicated to community service. The organization's website provides information about all the member groups, which cover various geographic regions.

Air Charity Network. Air Charity Network, a national network of nine autonomous regional members, serving all 50 states, arranges free flights for patients and their families in private planes to hospitals for medical treatment.

American Cancer Society Road to Recovery. The American Cancer Society Road To Recovery program provides automobile transportation via volunteer drivers to and from treatment for people with cancer who do not have a ride or are unable to drive themselves. To qualify, patients must be traveling to an appointment for treatment or follow-up any time after treatment.

Corporate Angel Network. Corporate Angel Network (CAN) is the only charitable organization whose sole mission is to fly cancer patients (children and adults) to treatment at no cost to them on empty seats on both private and corporate planes. Free travel is available for consultations, treatments and follow up care.

Mercy Medical Angels. The mission of Mercy Medical Angels (MMA) is to ensure that no one in need is denied medical care due to a lack of transportation. MMA bridges the access gap by providing charitable medical transportation throughout the United States and at times internationally through: 1) deep-discount airline ticket programs with major U.S. airlines, 2) volunteer pilot programs (within 750 miles), and 3) ground transportation programs (within 300 miles). MMA also operates the National Patient Travel Helpline®, which provides information and referrals for all forms of charitable, long-distance medical transportation.

Learn more and find help

Also, here are additional helpful resources to review prior to traveling:

Travel tips for cancer patients: Prepare for your trip. Many CTCA® patients leave their home state and travel to one of our hospitals for care. Consider these tips to help you prepare for your trip and make life a little less frenzied as your travel. Read more at

Frankly Speaking About Cancer: Transportation Concerns. If you have been diagnosed with cancer, transportation can be challenging at times. The Cancer Support Community created this fact sheet with available resources that may help you. Read more at

Travel tips for cancer patients: Aim to stay healthy as you travel. Here are some tips CTCA suggests to patients who travel to our hospitals for treatment. Read more at

Smart travel preparations can help patients stay healthy during holidays. To stay healthy this holiday season, patients and their travel companions can follow a few extra steps in the travel checklist to avoid additional illnesses. Read more at

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