American Cancer Society looking for volunteers to drive cancer patients to treatment

9/27/2022 3:30:00 AM

American Cancer Society looking for volunteers to drive cancer patients to treatment

American Cancer Society looking for volunteers to drive cancer patients to treatment

The American Cancer Society’s Road To Recovery program offers free transportation to those undergoing cancer treatment.

The program was suspended during the pandemic, but the organization wants to relaunch.Email article CATANIA, ITALY - NOVEMBER 24: Two cancer patients attend a chemotherapy session in the Medical Oncology department headed by Dr Giusi Scandurra of Cannizzaro hospital on November 24, 2020 in Catania, Italy.Journal of Clinical Oncology.Cancer Cancers and viruses: why not pit two of our biggest biological foes against each other? Scientists at the Institute of Cancer Research and the Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust used a drug made from a genetically modified form of herpes simplex — the cold sore virus — to attack tumors in cancer patients' bodies, developing a cutting-edge form of cancer therapy in the process.

According to Senior Executive Director, Jenny Todd, the American Cancer Society provided 5,700 free rides to 752 cancer patients in 2019, which was the last full year the program was available.Health Reporter Haley Hernandez rode with volunteer driver, Patsy Gatterson, through Greenspoint on Monday.A team from The Institute of Cancer Research, London, and The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust, said the virus, RP2, proved to be effective in a quarter of patients taking part in the experiment.Gatterson’s parents each used the service.A cancer diagnosis is life-altering, and patients and doctors alike are rightly focused on starting treatment.Her mother and father, of Fifth Ward, both died of pancreatic cancer.RELATED: Sitting less, more physical activity 'highly likely' to lower breast cancer risk, study says The patients had various forms of cancer including skin, esophageal, and head and neck.She said now she has the heart to help others going through the same thing." Many experimental treatments fail.

For her, enrolling to be a driver took about 20 minutes and ACS did the rest of the work (like running a background check).Researchers said they injected the RP2 virus directly into the cancer tumors."There's also a lack of awareness that it is not expensive," Lipshultz said.Drivers can volunteer to help someone get to cancer treatments in their neighborhood or across town.Requests can be made through an app and drivers can choose when they’re free to help.The virus also blocked the protein CTLA-4, which helped the immune system destroy the cancer cells.To sign up to be a driver, call the American Cancer Society at 1-800-227-2345 More details about the program are listed on the website.That's time and money that many women newly diagnosed with cancer simply don't have.American Cancer Society said it may take several days to coordinate a ride, so please call in advance: 1-800-227-2345 Copyright 2022 by KPRC Click2Houston - All rights reserved.Results showed that some patients treated with RP2 saw their cancer tumors shrink.How it works, in simple terms, is by invading cancer cells and causing them to burst, the BBC reports, where the immune system is also activated to help finish the job.

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