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

Angel Flight East. Angel Flight East (AFE) is dedicated to serving the community by facilitating free air transportation for children and adults with medical conditions who need to get to treatment far from home.

AFE serves the Northeastern region of the United States, and for destinations beyond our reach, we link with other volunteer pilot organizations. Anyone who requests a flight must be medically stable, able to board an aircraft, and fly in a small non-pressurized aircraft.

Angel Flight, Inc. Angel Flight Oklahoma, a member of the Air Care Alliance, was created by a group of pilots who believe in the benefit of volunteering. We will arrange free air transportation for any legitimate, charitable, medically related need. This service is available to individuals and health care organizations. We will also arrange transportation of those people who are financially distressed, or who are in a time-critical, non-emergency situation due to their medical condition. Angel Flight Oklahoma primarily serves patients needing transportation to or from the heartland region, including the states of Oklahoma, Texas, Arkansas, Missouri, and Kansas.

Angel Flight Mid-Atlantic. Angel Flight Mid-Atlantic is a program utilizing volunteer pilots to fly patients to specialized medical care. We are a coordinating service matching volunteer pilots willing to donate their time and aircraft to individuals in need.

Angel Flight Soars. At Angel Flight Soars, we know that illness isn't stopped by boundaries and we believe that cures shouldn't be either! Whether boundaries are geographic or financial - we help by arranging free flights to medical treatments!

Angel Flight Soars arranges free air transportation with volunteer pilots on private aircraft for medically stable and ambulatory patients. We are the original public benefit flying organization serving those residing in, traveling to or traveling through Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee. If needs extend beyond our service area, we will partner with sister organizations via the Air Care Alliance to meet the needs of the community to the best of our abilities.

Angel Wings for Veterans. Angels Wings for Veterans provides free transportation to medical care for veterans and active-duty service personnel and their families.

Corporate Angel Network. Corporate Angel Network is the only charitable organization whose sole mission is to fly cancer patients (both children and adults) to treatment at no cost to them on empty seats on both private and corporate planes.

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-discounted airline ticket program with major U.S. airlines; 2) volunteer pilot programs (within 750 miles); and 3) ground transportation programs (within 300 miles). MMA also operates a travel referral program which provides information and referrals for all forms of long-distance medical transportation.

Patient AirLift Services (PALS). Patient AirLift Services (PALS) arranges free PALS flights for medical diagnosis, consultation, treatment, and follow-up by connecting the charitable aviation community to individuals in need of free air transportation to distant medical facilities. Their general aviation pilots serve the Northeast US, with access to helicopters in the tri-state area and their commercial partners are nationwide. PALS corporate aviation partners serve the East Coast, from Maine to Florida.

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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