Patients facing financial and emotional difficulties relating to treatments and diagnoses can benefit from several donor-funded support programs.
The Accommodation Support Grants scheme helps cancer-patients and their families with accommodation and other costs not covered by private healthcare when staying in Melbourne for treatment at Epworth.
The difference these grants make to families fighting cancer is immeasurable.
A treatment course of radiation therapy can last from 1-9 weeks, depending on diagnosis and treatment intent. For patients in rural and regional areas, the cost of travelling to and staying in Melbourne for an extended period of treatment can pose financial difficulty.
Depending on diagnosis and treatment intent, a treatment course of radiation therapy can last from 1 to 9 weeks. For patients in rural and regional areas, the cost of travelling to and staying in Melbourne for treatment for a significant period of time can pose financial difficulty.
The Accommodation Support Grant scheme helps these patients to be able to access their radiation oncology treatment immediately at Epworth, rather than requiring them to wait to receive treatment in regional hospitals or clinics.
A rigorous approval process ensures that only patients who are in financial need may receive an Accommodation Support Grant.
Without the Accommodation Support Grants scheme, these patients would not be able to access their radiation oncology treatment at Epworth.