We want you to be able to make an informed decision about your treatment options and the places in which you receive care, which is why we have provided a list of the National Cancer Institute’s centers of excellence.
Charges made for non-taxable travel expenses incurred in connection with cancer treatment are covered up to $10,000 annually if you are receiving care at an in-network cancer center of excellence that is greater than 150 miles away from your home. Travel expense reimbursement for the person receiving treatment will include charges for:
Transportation to and from the treatment site (including charges for a rental car used during a period of care)
Lodging while at, or traveling to and from the cancer treatment site
This benefit is offered to individuals who are receiving cancer treatment related services during any of the following: evaluation, candidacy, cancer treatment event, or post-cancer treatment care.
Additionally, coverage for the charges associated with these travel items includes travel expenses for one companion (spouse, family member, legal guardian, or caregiver older than 18 years of age) to accompany you.
Any expenses that, if reimbursed, would be taxable income
Travel costs incurred due to travel within 150 miles of your home
Food and meals
Alcohol or tobacco products
Charges for transportation that exceed coach class rates
The centers of excellence within this website's tool are National Cancer Institute (NCI) - Designated Cancer Centers, which are recognized for their scientific leadership, resources, and the depth and breadth of their research. The rapid pace of discovery and improved cancer treatments at these centers have contributed to the increase in the number of cancer survivors in the United States.
Basic Laboratory: According to the NCI, basic laboratory cancer centers conduct only laboratory research and do not treat patients. There are 7 basic laboratory centers in the United States.
Cancer Center: According to the NCI, cancer centers must demonstrate scientific leadership, resources, and capabilities in some combination of laboratory, clinical, or population science. There are 14 cancer centers in the United States.
Comprehensive Cancer Center: According to the NCI, comprehensive cancer centers must demonstrate reasonable depth and breadth of research in each of the three major areas: laboratory, clinical, and population-based research, as well as substantial transdisciplinary research that bridges these scientific areas. There are 48 comprehensive cancer centers in the United States.