Here are some examples of the local and national support services that could be available to you, depending on your needs.
Whether it’s local transport to appointments or to the shops, or insurance for travel further afield, a cancer diagnosis can bring a number of logistical issues. .
If you drive, but your mobility is limited, you may be entitled to a Blue Badge for disabled parking. Talk to your local authority about applying.
If you don’t drive, you may be eligible for help with the cost of travel to hospital for your treatment - talk to your hospital team. It’s also worth having a look to see if there is a specialised transport service near you that can help you with getting to and from appointments.
For example, Driving Miss Daisy offers a driving and companion service across the UK for people who need help to get around and will even accompany patients to their appointments if they would like. There are also local charities in some areas that offer transport services specifically for cancer patients, such as Daft as a Brush in the North East. And for those wishing to get away from it all and struggling to get travel insurance cover, organisations such as that provided by Live Better With, in partnership with International Travel and Healthcare Limited (ITHC).