New $3.9M American Cancer Society grant focuses on cancer patient lodging

The American Cancer Society awarded nearly $3.9 million in funding to 77 health systems across the country for lodging costs of cancer patients, providing an estimated 20,000 nights of lodging, the organization said Dec. 9. 

"We know that having to travel far from home to receive treatment can cause a large financial burden for cancer patients and their caregivers," Karen Knudsen, PhD, American Cancer Society's CEO said in the release. "The American Cancer Society is committed to removing barriers that prevent cancer patients from getting the care they need. The ACS grants to health systems nationwide will help thousands of cancer patients receive free lodging while they are in treatment and allow them to focus on what's most important: Getting well." 

The American Cancer Society typically provides 500,000 nights of free lodging for patients each year through its Hope Lodge program, but recognizes that a gap still exists.

Health system grantees will work directly with hotels and other lodging facilities to coordinate arrangements.

Editor's note: This piece will be updated with further information from the American Cancer Society.

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