Travel for Cancer Treatment

Las Vegas is quickly emerging as a leading destination for advanced medical treatments. Comprehensive Cancer Centers is an integral part of these exciting efforts, with its clinical research and access to revolutionary drugs demonstrating remarkable results for cancer patients. Successful patient outcomes have the practice treating hundreds of patients from across the United States, and all over the world, each year.

In addition to Comprehensive Cancer, Las Vegas has nearly 20 hospitals and more than 3,500 patient beds open for care. The city is home to medical colleagues including the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health, St. Rose Neurosurgery Clinic affiliated with Stanford Hospital & Clinics, the Sher Fertility Institute of Las Vegas, Cenegenics, and the first Veterans Affairs Medical Center to be built in the country since the end of the Gulf War. UNLV recently opened a medical school, helping to drive innovation, while providing new practitioners to the region and Touro University Nevada offers courses in osteopathic medicine, medical health sciences, nursing, occupational therapy, physical therapy, physician assistant studies, geriatric medicine and research.

Comprehensive leads the way in Southern Nevada’s cancer treatment efforts through participation in more than 170 clinical trials each year. This research has played a role in developing more than 70 FDA-approved cancer therapies, of which include OPDIVO®, KEYTRUDA®, TECENTRIQ®, PROVENGE®, Xofigo®, Hercepin® and others. These advancements have come through a talented local staff of physicians and research scientists as well as relationships with The US Oncology Network, UCLA Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Centers and other elite cancer fighting organizations.

The practice has also been among the very first practices in the world to offer patients access to life-saving therapies. These efforts have been covered extensively in the media.

Las Vegas Global Economic Alliance’s (LVGEA) recently recognized Comprehensive for its “groundbreaking achievements in product and service development, technology and infrastructure, research and development, or public policy have significantly impacted the economy of the greater Las Vegas area.” The practice was also featured in their new Here, You Can. Live. campaign and video:

Resources for Comprehensive Cancer’s Out-Of-State Patients

Comprehensive Cancer Centers offers world-class cancer care for patients traveling to Las Vegas for treatment. For patients traveling to Comprehensive for appointments, the team at Comprehensive works in conjunction with the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority and hotel partners to help patients and their families find accommodations close to clinics where they’ll be treated.

With the city being the world’s top visitation destination, hotels offers amenities such as a spa, where patients can relax, and easy transportation to and from treatments. Those traveling to Comprehensive should contact the practice at 702-952-3350 for details and support.  The team at Comprehensive can help patients and their families easily navigation the city and its suburbs where clinics are located, such as Summerlin, Henderson, Boulder City, Southwest and Northwest Las Vegas. Additionally, American Cancer Society offers the Road to Recovery program which provides transportation to and from treatment for people with cancer who do not have a ride or are unable to drive themselves.

Additional information can be found through the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, a partner of Comprehensive Cancers. Their website offers details about everything the city has to offer including dining, shopping and entertainment.

Tips for Making Medical Travel Simple and Safe

Traveling anytime can be difficult, and traveling with cancer can bring new challenges and obstacles. Before securing your travel plans to Las Vegas, talk to your local doctor and Comprehensive Cancer Centers oncologist about the best way to travel. For some cancer patients currently undergoing certain types of cancer treatment, your oncologist may advise against flying. They will have other recommendations for you and may suggest ways to avoid feeling sick or fatigued during travel.

Before traveling to Las Vegas for cancer care, ensure that all your vaccinations are current. Talk to your doctor first to make sure there will be no complications with getting a certain vaccination during cancer treatment. It is important to plan out how much of any medication you currently take will be needed ahead of time for your cancer treatment. Talk to your doctor about prescribing the appropriate amount of medication to take during travel time.

If you are taking morphine-based drugs and are planning on flying, you may need to make special arrangements with the airline, including a letter from your doctor. Take a copy of your prescriptions just in case your medication goes missing or is stolen, so you can get them replaced. Additionally, if you need to use an oxygen supply, talk to the airline about what special arrangements will need to be taken beforehand. Many airlines allow in-flight oxygen but will require a letter from your doctor and at least 48-hour notice.

A few other helpful travel tips include bringing hand sanitizer and tissue to prevent catching germs, and bringing water and starch crackers or energy bars to help boost energy and prevent nausea. Also make sure to bring documentation, including necessary medical records and prescriptions, as well as sunscreen for Las Vegas’ climate where sunburns can occur all year long. Finally, it is also recommended to take out travel insurance for any flights planned. If any illnesses or challenges with treatment may arise, the flexibility found in travel insurance can be a very helpful and necessary resource.

Comprehensive Cancer Centers Can Help

Physicians at Comprehensive Cancer Centers provide a variety of treatment options for patients with cancer, breast health conditions, lung disease and sleep disorders. To schedule an appointment with the team at Comprehensive, please call 702-952-3350.

The content in this post is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified health providers with questions you may have regarding medical conditions.