Where to stay while having radiation at Mayo Clinic Rochester?

Posted by deedee22 @deedee22, Aug 18 9:00am

Hello, I will be having radiation for TNBC soon at Mayo Clinic Rochester. I had read somewhere on the Connect site of someone owning a condo in Rochester and may rent it out to patients during radiation therapy. I live in Iowa so I don’t want to travel back and forth every day. During chemo it was not bad driving every week.
Would appreciate any information in advance.

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I don’t know about condos, we looked at some but scheduling was a challenge. We stayed at extended stay the first time we were there for 4 months. The next time we stayed at townplace suites when we were there for 6 months. We were booked at guest house international, and checked in 😳😳 and checked out the very next day. I do know that if you get on line and search for long term stays there are a ton.
I don’t know if they still run, but there used to be a shuttle than ran from Mayo to every hotel just about every hour.
There are quite a few places connected to Mayo with the subway / skyway, but we found that they were all out of our budget, and after looking at them we decided townplace was our place, they have an amazing cooked hot breakfast included, and a long stay rate. They have a functioning kitchen and comfortable beds. Rates change with seasons so this is a good time.
When are you headed to Rochester? How many weeks are you scheduled?

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Another suggestion is to ask the hotels, etc., if they offer special rates for Mayo patients. Many lodging facilities near Cleveland Clinic offer special rates and packages. And some restaurants do as well. A friend's parents stayed at aRonald McDonald house in Boston when she was being treated for a brain tumor as a teen at Massachusetts General and commuting from Long Island. She said it was a really nice place. And had free passes to all the museums, most of the Red Six home games and theaters as well. She figures that Mickey D. helped save her life.

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@deedee22. You may already know this but when you have cancer treatment you are eligible to apply to stay at Hope Lodge at Mayo Clinic. When you scheduled for radiation therapy were you given an application? If so, you just submit it back to the desk and they will apply for you. Hope Lodge is at no cost.

The Radiation Oncology Dept has a concierge right in the department who can help you with available places to stay.

When I had radiation therapy at Mayo Clinic in Rochester I stayed with a wonderful network of homes and apartments called Serenity House Network.
https://shnrochestermn.com/
The apartments and homes are completely furnished, very clean, and you have a full kitchen and laundry within the home. All the places are very reasonable in cost compared to staying in a hotel. I don't think any of the places are within easy walking distance of Mayo Clinic.

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@auntieoakley

I don’t know about condos, we looked at some but scheduling was a challenge. We stayed at extended stay the first time we were there for 4 months. The next time we stayed at townplace suites when we were there for 6 months. We were booked at guest house international, and checked in 😳😳 and checked out the very next day. I do know that if you get on line and search for long term stays there are a ton.
I don’t know if they still run, but there used to be a shuttle than ran from Mayo to every hotel just about every hour.
There are quite a few places connected to Mayo with the subway / skyway, but we found that they were all out of our budget, and after looking at them we decided townplace was our place, they have an amazing cooked hot breakfast included, and a long stay rate. They have a functioning kitchen and comfortable beds. Rates change with seasons so this is a good time.
When are you headed to Rochester? How many weeks are you scheduled?

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Thank you so much for the information. This will help.
I have appointments next week then surgery is scheduled for the following Monday. I will see the radiation oncologist mid September so I do not know how long we will need to stay.
Thank you again

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@callalloo

Another suggestion is to ask the hotels, etc., if they offer special rates for Mayo patients. Many lodging facilities near Cleveland Clinic offer special rates and packages. And some restaurants do as well. A friend's parents stayed at aRonald McDonald house in Boston when she was being treated for a brain tumor as a teen at Massachusetts General and commuting from Long Island. She said it was a really nice place. And had free passes to all the museums, most of the Red Six home games and theaters as well. She figures that Mickey D. helped save her life.

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Thank you for responding to my question. Rochester MN Mayo Clinic is where I’m being treated.

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@naturegirl5

@deedee22. You may already know this but when you have cancer treatment you are eligible to apply to stay at Hope Lodge at Mayo Clinic. When you scheduled for radiation therapy were you given an application? If so, you just submit it back to the desk and they will apply for you. Hope Lodge is at no cost.

The Radiation Oncology Dept has a concierge right in the department who can help you with available places to stay.

When I had radiation therapy at Mayo Clinic in Rochester I stayed with a wonderful network of homes and apartments called Serenity House Network.
https://shnrochestermn.com/
The apartments and homes are completely furnished, very clean, and you have a full kitchen and laundry within the home. All the places are very reasonable in cost compared to staying in a hotel. I don't think any of the places are within easy walking distance of Mayo Clinic.

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Thank you for the info. I have not scheduled radiation yet, have appointment with oncologist mid September. Just looking ahead of what will need to do. I do know of Hope Lodge but did not know of Serenity house network. This will be very helpful.

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We stayed at Staybridge Suites when my husband had radiation September 2021. At first I had booked an AirBnB, which was not refundable. That made me nervous, so I canceled. Thank goodness! During his simulation, the doctor changed him from a 4 week course to a 2 week course.
We chose Staybridge because it was inexpensive, a short walk, and they allowed pets.
We had planned that again for my radiation, originally planned for September.
I just found out I need chemo first, so radiation will be in December. I cancelled Staybridge and will likely stay at a connected hotel. It’s so much easier when it is cold outside!

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Mayo has an awesome concierge department that helps patients like you with ANY need and it’s free. Believe me, they will help with anything.
https://www.mayoclinic.org/patient-visitor-guide/minnesota/concierge-services

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We stayed t Hope Lodge while I had 5 weeks radiation. We were able to go home weekends since we live 2 hrs away in Iowa. We enjoyed getting to know others on the same journey and still keep in touch with a couple.

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Hello
I had radiation in Rochester and stayed at the Hope House free of charge for 5 weeks.
Amazing people, I walked to treatment every morning and worked remote from my room.
Met amazing people on a similar journey.
The Hope house is not determined on income and I so appreciated the beautiful courageous people I met while I was there.
I used the time to rest, heal, and retreat. 5 weeks can be a long time away from your home and loved ones. The Hope House took many stresses away and was on the Mayo campus!
Tremendous community of volunteers and people.
Cancer clear 6-22

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Hi @deedee22 ,
I wanted to reach out to you to let you know that the Hope Lodge is a great option if you need to stay in Rochester for your radiation therapy. I know the Hope Lodge has limited capacity due to COVID so I wanted to let you know our Patient Navigators in the Cancer Education Center are another great resource to get you connected to discounted lodging.

We have Patient Navigators in Rochester, Arizona, and Florida Mayo Clinic sites. To find out about lodging options please call or email at:
Rochester, Minnesota: cecptnavigator@mayo.edu Phone: 1-507-266-9288,
Phoenix, Arizona: ARZCECPTNavigator@mayo.edu Phone: 1-480-342-4229,
Jacksonville, FL: FLACECPTNavigator@mayo.edu Phone: 1-904-956-8105

To learn more about patient navigation go to the Cancer Education Blog: https://connect.mayoclinic.org/blog/cancer-education-center/tab/patient-navigator/#ch-tab-navigation

How long will you need to stay in Rochester for your therapy?

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