Our insurance doesn't cover any direct travel related expenses, but as Sephie pointed out, here in the US, if you itemize your expenses on your Federal Income Tax Return, you can gert credit for all those trips back and forth (within reason).
What helped us, is something my wife did several years ago that I knew nothing about. She bought the supplemental cancer policy sold by Aflac. She did that through her employer knowing that I didnt "believe" in supplemental policies in general. But she also knew I had had cancer 3 times before. Smart wife, dumb husband.
When I was first dx with the PC, she sprung the news on me. I have been shocked by how much they have paid so far, and its all tax free.
They pay direct to us, doesn't matter to them what you do with the money.
The last day surgery I had on March 2nd, got a check for $650 USD. When I went through my salvage radiation, as horrible as it were for me, it paid $300 USD per treatment. So my 39 days of hell paid us $ 11,700 USD. Least I felt like I got something for it.
Alfs' point is for all of us to read and understand what our insurance will and won't pay for, sometimes there are pleasant surpises there. And see if you have any supplemental cancer policies lying about you had forgoten about.
David in SC
Age: 57, 56 dx, PSA: 7/07 5.8, 7/08 12.3, 9/08 14.5, 10/08 16.3
3rd Biopsy: 9/08 - 7/7 Positive, 40-90% Cancer, Gleason 4+3
Open RP: 11/08, Rht nerves saved, 4 days in hospt, on catheters for 63 days, 5th one out 1/09
Path Rpt: Gleason 3+4, pT2c, 42g, 20% cancer, 1 pos margin
Incontinence: 1 Month ED: Non issue at any point post surgery, no problem post SRT
Post Surgery PSA: 2/09 .05,5/09 .1, 6/09 .11. 8/09 .16
Post SRT PSA: 1/10 .12
Latest: 7/9 met 2 rad. oncl, 7/9 cath #6 - blockage, 8/9 2nd corr surgery, 8/9 cath #7 out 38 days, 9/9 - met 3rd rad. oncl., mapped 9/9, 10/1 - 3rd corr. surgery - SP cath/hard dialation, 10/5 - 11/27 IMRT SRT 39 sess/72 gys ,cath #8 33 days, Cath #9 35 days, 12/7 - Cath #10 43 days, 1/19 - Corr Surgery #4, Caths #11 and #12 same time, 2/8-Cath #11 out - 21 days, 3/2- Cath #12 out - 41 days, 3/2- Corr Surgery #5, Caths #13 & #14 same time, 3/6 Cath #13 out - 4 days