Accommodation costs can be a significant financial barrier for cancer patients when the most effective treatment requires traveling far from home. To reduce disparities in cancer outcomes and help patients receive needed treatment affordably, Extended Stay America is renewing its partnership with the American Cancer Society to offer 20,000 free nights and 40,000 paid nights discounted at over 760 Extended Stay America properties nationwide.
In 2022, more than 1.9 million new cases of cancer will be diagnosed in the United States. In a large nationwide study published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute (JNCI) in April, researchers from the American Cancer Society found that cancer survivors in the United States who report medical financial hardship had a higher mortality risk. higher.
“People from all walks of life and of all household incomes are diagnosed with cancer every year. We are thrilled to re-launch this partnership with Extended Stay America to expand access to treatment options,” said Dr. Arif Kamal, chief patient officer for the American Cancer Society. “Cancer treatment is a financial burden that no one expects. To improve cancer outcomes, we must do what we can to lower the cost of care. The Extended Stay America rooms offered through this partnership make it easier to get to the best treatment and, ultimately, save lives.
“At Extended Stay America, we are all honored to be the Official Hotel Partner of the American Cancer Society,” said Greg Juceam, President and CEO of Extended Stay America. “We are proud to help cancer patients by providing a place to stay like home so patients can focus on getting the most effective treatment. This would not have been possible without the support of our owners, Blackstone and Starwood.
Patients living more than 40 miles from treatment with a demonstrated need for housing assistance are eligible for the program. Once eligibility has been verified by the National Cancer Information Center of the American Cancer Society, reservations can be made by the patient through a dedicated website.
Since the partnership began in 2013, Extended Stay America has donated more than 150,000 hotel room nights across the United States, saving cancer patients and their families more than $9 million in accommodation costs. The American Cancer Society’s Hope Lodge communities are also available for cancer patients. In 2019, before the COVID-19 pandemic temporarily suspended services, these communities served over 29,000 people with cancer and their caregivers, providing over 500,000 free nights of accommodation.
From 1991 to 2019, there was a 32% drop in cancer mortality. The American Cancer Society can directly attribute the decline in the overall cancer death rate to the investment of funds and resources in the areas of advocacy, discovery, and direct patient support. The Society believes that all people should have a fair and equitable chance of living a longer, healthier life free from cancer, regardless of income, skin color, sexual orientation, gender identity, invalidity or their place of residence.
For more information about the program or to receive eligibility verification, go to: cancer.org/about-us/our-partners/extended-stay-america.html.
This article was originally published on September 20, 2022 by the American Cancer Society. It is republished with permission.