Treatment for children and young people's cancer can be miles from home at specialist treatment hospitals, requiring families to stay away from home for long periods of time, or embark on regular long distance travel.
Our research found that on average, parents who have a child with cancer travel an additional 440 miles per month for specialist treatment, with 8% travelling 1,000 miles or more,
Support for travel-related costs is available for families from the NHS’ Healthcare Travel Costs Scheme (HTCS), the national assistance scheme that reimburses hospital travel costs.
However, our research found that only 6% of parents have received help from the scheme, and 78% of those polled were unaware the scheme even existed.
What we’re calling for
We’re asking governments across the UK to urgently undertake a review of travel assistance available to young cancer patients and their families.
Find out more
Read more about families’ experiences of coping with travel costs during their child’s cancer treatment.