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How does transportation affect cancer patients’ access to treatment?

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How does transportation affect cancer patients’ access to treatment?

QuestionsCategory: cancerHow does transportation affect cancer patients’ access to treatment?
mubarak mubin asked 8 months ago
How does transportation affect cancer patients' access to treatment?
Dr. Bommu Venkateshwara Reddy Staff replied 8 months ago

Cancer patients had to beat many psychological, social, and economic barriers to access the required treatment. Repeated visits are needed for cancer treatment by either an outpatient or an inpatient basis, but the major issue faced by the patients with cancer is arranging for a better transportation to cancer care in the hospitals.

Cancer patients may be particularly affected by transportation-related interruptions in cancer care.

Cancer care needs frequent health care visits for a prolonged period.

The need for specialized care may require greater travel burdens, public transportation may be unsafe or logistically difficult for cancer patients

The financial burden of cancer treatment may change the transportation uncertainty.

<strong>Rural Areas:</strong>

A research report stated that most of the patients living in rural areas are excessively affected by transportation insecurity.

Rural areas have a lower density of healthcare providers, and patients often need to travel longer distances to access care.

More rural patients prefer to receive cancer care from locally community hospitals that are too under-resourced.

These community hospitals are not able to offer the continuing, comprehensive supportive cancer services as per the evidence-based standards of care.

We must develop a multi-level, collective cancer network approach in order to provide quality care across varying locales.

It extends the resources and expertise from larger urban cancer centers to rural hospitals and care providers.

A group of researchers are finding that the transportation barriers were quite more common among cancer survivors than patients who were diagnosed with cancer.

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