Patients receiving treatment for cancer have to make more hospital visits than the average patient due to their condition. Cancer requires a myriad of tests and diagnoses before even a plan for a cure can be implemented. There are x-rays, blood tests, ultra-sounds and MRI’s that cover just a fraction of the tests a cancer patient has to go through, each one requiring separate hospital visits. If an individual has no one to drive them to get the testing done, they are able to take advantage of medical transportation services. They will need to check with their insurance company if they can cover long distance medical transportation cost .
Once the testing phase is over, treatment may take a very intense course. Some cancers require multiple surgeries, whether they are performed in the hospital or outpatient center. Treatment may take the form of radiation or chemotherapy, which is often a daily treatment for killing cancer cells. Oftentimes, patients do not have anyone to drive them to these daily appointments, simply because most people are busy with their jobs during the daytime. Radiation and chemotherapy can also make a patient very sick with nausea, headaches, localized pain and other maladies. Driving to and from these appointments is impossible for such a person, going through those kind of intense treatments. Non-emergency medical transportation is able to take up the mantle of responsibility in this area. They can drive the patient to a daily radiation treatment and back home after they are finished with the session. They are available to do this day after day until the treatment is complete.
After treatment, cancer patients still must go through a great deal of tests to make sure the cancer is gone and does not turn up again in an alternate or unexpected place. This is especially true if a cancer patient had rogue cells in their liver, lymph nodes or other torso spots where cancer is more likely to grow rapidly and spread to other parts of the body. These tests can be required for up to five years after their cancer has gone into remission. Plus they have more general checkups to attend than the average person, simply because of the damage the cancer did to their overall health. These people can get transportation to their other doctor appointments and to get prescriptions in addition to their initial cancer treatment. They can benefit from the service for a great many years.