This number is growing due to the need for the specialized expertise and equipment only found in larger cancer centers and to a growing scarcity of oncology resources, particularly in rural communities.
Many patients who need to travel for their care simply cannot afford to do so. While insurance may cover treatment expenses, it rarely covers the cost of travel. This financial burden causes patients to sacrifice needed treatment or receive inappropriate care:
For cancer patients who live in rural US communities, the situation is even more dire and the need for travel is growing at an even more rapid pace:
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