Travel costs

Travel costs are one of the biggest additional expenses for families of children with cancer. When treatment is at its most intense, £180 goes on their cancer commute to and from hospital. As treatment for young cancer patients can go on for years, families are often plunged into debt.  

Our research shows that children and young people with cancer have to travel an average of 60 miles for treatment. This isn’t by choice. Many young cancer patients have to travel to specialist cancer centres to get the care they need – they can’t just go to their local hospital.

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. But 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. 

This Childhood Cancer Awareness Month help us challenge government to create a travel fund for children and young people with cancer, so they don’t have to worry about mounting travel costs during treatment. Sign our petition now!

Are we nearly there yet?

Our new report, Are we nearly there yet?, highlights the cost of that travel and the lack of financial support available to families. Change is urgently needed.

It sets out why we are calling on the government to create a Young Cancer Patient Travel Fund to help children and young people with cancer, and their families, deal with the financial impact of a cancer diagnosis and limit the damage cancer causes to young lives.