CancerCare Launches New Transportation Assistance Program for Metastatic Breast Cancer Patients

New York, NY, February 6, 2012—National nonprofit CancerCare has launched a new program to provide financial help to people coping with metastatic breast cancer. The “CancerCare Get You There” program will provide individual grants to metastatic breast cancer patients for covering transportation costs such as gasoline, parking and tolls, and taxi, bus or train fare to and from their treatment.

The program is funded in part by a generous contribution from Celgene Corporation. CancerCare is a national nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide free professional help to people with all cancers through counseling, education, information and referral and direct financial assistance.

Metastatic breast cancer is the most advanced stage of breast cancer, and is among the most commonly diagnosed cancers in women. Approximately 155,000 women are living with metastatic breast cancer in the United States today.

“The medical and practical costs associated with the ongoing treatment required by many metastatic breast cancer patients present a significant financial challenge,” said CancerCare CEO Helen H. Miller, LCSW, ACSW. “I’m thrilled to announce our new program, which will provide treatment-related transportation grants to thousands of people living with metastatic breast cancer.”

To receive a “CancerCare Get You There” transportation grant, patients must meet certain eligibility criteria and complete an application form. To learn more about CancerCare’s financial assistance programs, visit www.cancercare.org/financial or call 800-813-HOPE (4673).

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