Cancer society offers free, reduced cost lodging for patients

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An American Cancer Society program is offering free or reduced cost hotel rooms for cancer patients and their caregivers.

The Patient Lodging Program works with hotels in the Portland-area to offer the rooms on a space-available basis. When patients schedule their treatments, they contact the American Cancer Society for a room reservation.

The program is designed to help lessen the financial burden of traveling to the Portland-area for treatment, according to the society.

In 2011, hotels in the Portland-metro area provided 925 free or reduced-cost rooms to 213 people during their cancer treatments. One participating hotel, Red Lion Hotel on the River at Jantzen Beach, donated 164 rooms to 64 patients last year alone.

Two Vancouver hotels, the Residence Inn and Staybridge Suites Vancouver, participate in the program.

For more information on the program, contact the American Cancer Society at 800-227-2345 or visit http://www.cancer.org.