Cancer VIP??

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Cancer VIP – you just gotta ask. Well, they may not roll out the red carpet, but most cities have hotels that cater to cancer patients. They know you are not excited to be there. You aren’t going to rent a cabana and have bottle service by the pool. Being close to amusement parks or afterhours hot spots is not what is bringing you to town. Your needs are different.
Most cities have some hotels and apartments that offer “Medical Stay” rates. Check with your cancer center information desk, or ask the hotel or apartment office. Most are located near the cancer treatment centers and that’s a great start, but remember, you may not be feeling well and your immune system may not be 100%.
You may prefer a hotel that does not have a huge lobby or gathering place that you have to walk through as you enter and exit. You may want access to specific foods at the onsite restaurant. You probably need as much exercise as you can handle, so find a hotel or apartment with safe surroundings that you like walking in. We stayed at an older apartment complex that was in a residential area, had great local restaurants we could walk to, including a grocery store, and had a pool area that was not used much, so I didn’t have to worry about being around too many people.
Don’t be surprised if these hotels have shuttles to the cancer treatment center too. They are used to patients staying there. I also bet the restaurants are used to delivering there as well.
Pick a place you like and rest well. Your happiness is important.
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There’s no Zagat rating for Cancer treatment centers

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There’s no Zagat rating for Cancer treatment centers, oh no! After you swallow the big “I have cancer” gulp, choosing where to go for treatment is your biggest hurdle. Not a high jumper, you are about to become one. My best advice is to cast a wide net, but where do you start?
A dear friend gave me great advice. She said, ”make appointments everywhere, call, call, call, and then cancel the ones you don’t want later”. So, I did just that.
First, determine what you are looking for. Is your cancer common and treatable just about anywhere (lucky you)? Is an experienced surgeon key to your survival? If yes, ideally, get a doctor that only does this procedure. If there are several treatment options, go to someone with knowledge about chemo alone, chemo with immunotherapy, immunotherapy alone or something completely unique. I called teaching hospitals (affiliated with a university), regular hospitals and for-profit treatment centers that advertise on TV.
Second, start asking questions. You should be able to speak to a nurse or a patient representative who can answer some of your questions. When I say make appointments everywhere, that’s because most places want you to come see the doctor, rather than speaking over the phone. Honestly, I just told them that I needed to make my decision within 2 weeks and it was impossible to fly all over the USA going to appointments when we can just do a preliminary chat on the phone. In addition, I got on the hospital’s website and emailed doctors and nurses directly.
You will be happy to see the pieces of your puzzle starting to come together naturally. If the center does not take your type of insurance, they may not be a fit. If they can’t get you in for an appointment and won’t talk to you on the phone, they may not be a fit. If they say they don’t really specialize in your condition, they may not be a fit. If you cannot easily travel there or pick up and move there temporarily, they may not be a fit.
Pick the appointments you want to keep and cancel the others. Go meet these doctors and their team. They are your new best friends and you need to feel comfortable with them. Together with you, they will save your life.