PRACTICAL INFO

Travel and accommodation

People with cancer may have to travel to hospital for visits regularly. Some will also require accommodation while they are having treatment. These costs add up quickly.​

The Pancare Foundation provides some financial support for travel and accommodation costs for people who have to travel long distances to special medical services across Australia.​

We help them financially with accommodation and transport to their treatment because they’re not always close, a lot of people are rural.

Sonia, Pancare patient services coordinator

Patients may be able to get assistance with parking, travel and accommodation to undertake medical services. The social worker at the hospital will be able to check what services or supports you may be eligible for.​ If you have not met with a social worker your specialist nurse or doctor can refer you.

Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre in Melbourne has some accommodation on site for people receiving treatment who live more than 100 kilometres from the city. Patients travelling more than 100km to Austin Health (Olivia Newton John Cancer, Research and Wellness Centre) can access the Victorian Patient Transport Assistance scheme and reduced price accommodation.​

Medistays also makes booking accommodation easier and cheaper for people needing to come to the city for suitable accommodation when they are having radiotherapy, chemotherapy or other treatments. ​

Parking

Ask at your health service or hospital if it is possible to obtain a reduced parking rate for you and family members.​

Holiday Break ​

It can be rejuvenating to get away and have a short holiday, even during your treatment. The Cancer Council in Victoria has a wonderful holiday break program allowing patients a one – off opportunity to spend quality time with loved ones at no cost.