According to the American Cancer Society (Society), since the 1940s advances in treatment have more than doubled cancer survival rates. Ninety percent survival rates are now common, when cancers are caught early. However, challenges related to accessing treatment continue for some low-income Fort Worth area patients, causing needless cancer-related suffering and even death. HealthMarkets is proud to continue our support of the American Cancer Society by contributing funds that help alleviate the most commonly encountered obstacles for cancer patients with transportation services provided through the Society’s full-time patient navigator at JPS Center for Cancer Care in Fort Worth. JPS is an accredited cancer care facility by the American College of Surgeons and is nationally recognized for providing quality cancer care.

Nearly 90 percent of JPS cancer patients are on Medicaid or uninsured, putting these patients at the greatest risk of giving up on their cancer battle. Providing transportation for these individuals is one of the vital keys for patients to successfully navigate their cancer journey.

As patient advocates, navigators lend their compassion and empathy to every patient. They can help with: transportation and lodging assistance, finding services for uninsured patients, providing cancer information, and connecting patients to American Cancer Society or community resources and services. Such services help ensure the completion of treatment, reduce suffering and anxiety and, ultimately, save lives.

Last year in North Texas, the American Cancer Society provided information, support and services to more than 11,000 cancer patients, family members and caregivers. The programs and services they provide have helped to significantly decrease cancer deaths and reduce cancer suffering.

For more information about the American Cancer Society, please visit www.cancer.org.

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