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Cancer Watch Road to R(:covery helps III cancer patients get treatment By Kerry Kester The American Cancer Society understands the problems Sussex County cancer patients can encounter when they must travel to get their treatments. Sometimes the patients don't feel well enough to make long drives to receive their radiation therapies. Some- times they don't have friends or family members who can miss work regularly for up to two months just to provide transporta- tion. "The Road to Recovery pro- gram is designed for volunteers to get cancer patients to cancer treat- ment centers," said Heather Tay- lor, American Cancer Society (ACS) southern Delaware pro- gram specialist. "The American Mammograpby 00creenings set in Sussex The mammography van offers screening mammogra- phies in Sussex County, spon- sored by the Delaware Health and Social Services and the Medical Center Of Delaware. It is an accredited program of the American COllege of Radiology. The schedule includes: 9:30-11:30 a.m., Thursday, April 27, at ACS office, 228C N. DuPont Highway, George- town; 9-11 a.m., Thursday, May 15 at Georgetown SSC, 546 S. Bedford St., George- town; 11 a.m.-2:20 p.m., Monday, May 22 at Harbor Healthcare, Oceanview Blvd., Lewes; 9:30-11:30 a.m., Thursday, June 8 at Planned Parenthood, Midway Shop- ping Center; 1-3 p.m., Thurs- day, June 8, Lewes Senior Center, Nassau Park Road, Lewes; and 9:30-.11:30 a.m., Thursday, June 22 at ACS office, 228C N. DuPont High- way, Georgetown. Women should call 1-800- 654-0606 to schedule an appointment. Women may also receive information on charges and eligibility by calling the toll- free number. Certain women may be eli- gible for free mammography screening. Mammography is a woman's best defense for ear- ly detection of breast cancer, which strikes One out of nine women in their lifetimes. Cancer Society offers this pro- gram throughout the country. It's long standing." In 1990, a van was donated to ACS. Since then, it has used the vehicle to transport Sussex Coun- tians to treatment centers. "We're primarily transporting to Salis- bury to Peninsula Regional Med- ical Center," said Taylor. Until Beebe Medical Center's cancer center opens, patients have few alterna- tives for get- ting radiation therapy, and most require significant driving time. They may go to Salisbury, Dover, Berlin, and TAYLOR Easton, Md., although Taylor said few are referred to the Easton facility. The van seats five patients com- fortably, she said. "We pick them up at their homes," said Taylor. "We're providing day to day ser- vice." In addition to the trans- portation, Road to Recovery also can offer some patients emotional support. "They get support from each other because they share experiences," said Taylor. She said the program also alleviates stress for patients and their fami- lies. She remembered one patient who relied on the service was very bitter because he was facing the cancer experience. Taylor said, "By the time he was done with treatment, he was laughing like everyone else was." She attributes his remarkable attitude change to the support generated by the group of patients who shared transportation with him. "The service is available to any- Farm. Family one who is at a loss as to how to get to treatment," Taylor said. The route, however, is limited to 100 miles one way within a two and a half hour span. Sometimes, Taylor said, by the time everyone has had treatment and has been taken home, it can take nearly a day. However, she said, "Hospitals work with us to try and group their appointments together as much as possible. They try to leave the mornings for vans - to try to make it as easy as they can." Some- times, she said, doctors and trans- portation schedules don't coordi- nate well. "The other determining factor," she said, "is that it's a first come, first serve basis depending on what routes we're running." ACS now has ten regular volun- teer drivers who rotate on a one day, every other week schedule. "Many volunteers have experi- enced cancer themselves, either individually or with family mem- bers," she said. All are also retired. "We've done active recruitment," said Taylor. "But some of them have come to us because they want to help in the community. Most of the drivers have been doing this three or four years. "Most of them feel very good about being able to offer some encouragement - especially those who have survived cancer them- selves. They get as much as they give." Some volunteers have even donated time and transportation in their own vehicles for individual patients. ACS is now trying to recruit dri- vers from the Fenwick Island, Bethany Beach, and Clarksville areas. For more information regarding Road to Recovery, call the Ameri- can Cancer Society at 856-3533. 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