Less travel time means more convenient cancer care

Connie Johnson, business office coordinator at Good Samaritan Society – Jackson in Minnesota, had never missed a mammogram in her life until COVID-19. She urges others to keep up on their mammogram screenings.

“I have breast cancer in my family,” said Johnson. “My mother had cancer in the same breast as me. My grandmother also had breast cancer, though she was never diagnosed, and her aunt had breast cancer, so I have always made sure to get my breast screening every year.

“But for the first time ever, I didn’t get my mammogram due to COVID-19. Then, I noticed something in my left breast that appeared overnight, so I went in for a mammogram as soon as I could. That’s when they sent me to Sioux Falls for a second mammogram and ultrasound.”

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Since her screening in March 2021, Johnson has had a long treatment journey. She was diagnosed with breast cancer in April and completed chemotherapy in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, over the next few months.

“Chemotherapy kicked its butt,” said Johnson. “My tumor went from over four-and-a-half inches before surgery to 1.25 millimeters after chemotherapy. To give you an idea, that’s the tip of your pen — teeny tiny in comparison — which was very uplifting.”

Once finished with chemotherapy, Johnson had a bilateral mastectomy in September 2021, before starting radiation therapy five days a week for five weeks in October.

“It takes an hour and a half for me to travel to Sioux Falls, so I asked my doctor if I could continue treatment in Worthington,” said Johnson. “With colder weather coming, I knew there would be times when I wouldn’t be able to make it to Sioux Falls.”

By receiving care at the Sanford Worthington Cancer Center in Worthington, Minnesota, Johnson could see the exact same providers but closer to where she lives and works — an option also available to other cancer patients living in and around the Worthington area.

“Now, I only have a half-hour drive,” said Johnson. “They’re very accommodating with my schedule. I can have treatment and then go right back to work.”

Whether starting cancer care in Worthington or transitions part of the way through, the Sanford Worthington Cancer Center can provide both medical and radiation oncology treatments close to home.

“I have had the dream team,” she explained. “When getting radiation, I saw Dr. (Ryan) Nowak in Worthington, and he’s excellent — so caring — and answers all your questions. I also had three radiation nurses who are the absolute sweetest. They’re saints!”

Johnson is currently receiving antiestrogen therapy in the infusion center at the Sanford Worthington Medical Center.

“It is really nice. You have a private room. They serve you meals. And the nurses in the infusion center are absolutely wonderful,” said Johnson.

“I’m finally on the downhill run of my treatment,” she continued. “If I could give any advice, it would be to go to Sanford Health. Don’t hesitate. Get anything checked — no matter how small it is — because you never know what it is, and it’s better if you catch breast cancer early.”

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9 out of 10 Americans find cheaper or more convenient holidays using online travel agents such as eDreams

  • New consumer research reveals that US travellers prefer to book their trips via OTAs like eDreams – enjoying greater savings and a wider range of options than on single airline websites
  • Consumers booking on eDreams will save a combined one million hours this year compared to booking directly with an airline

LONDON, March 3, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — Over nine out of ten (93%) adults in the USA have found a cheaper or more convenient route when searching for a holiday via an online travel agent (OTA) like eDreams.net by comparison to booking directly with an airline. New data from independent market research commissioned by eDreams ODIGEO, one of the world’s leading online travel companies, reveals how travellers who are planning future trips can avoid the elements of journey planning they enjoy the least – the time it takes to research the best possible price (43%) – by booking with an OTA.

According to the survey findings, while the vast majority of US adults appreciate that an OTA offers savings, most of them still underestimate the level of discounts that an online agent can generate for them, with 78% of people believing that the saving is likely to be less than 15% compared to booking directly with an airline. In reality, eDreams customers can save an average of $234[1], the equivalent of 19%, when booking a dynamic package holiday (where travellers can create their own packages by combining accommodation and travel)[2].

Though travel continues to be affected by lockdown restrictions around the world, positive progress in vaccination programmes is starting to create an uptick in searches for the summer months across eDreams ODIGEO’s USA travel brand eDreams.net.

Remove the research from holiday planning

When asked which element of the travel booking process consumers find least enjoyable, nearly half (43%) referenced the time taken to find the best possible price. According to an analysis of booking time by eDreams ODIGEO, consumers booking on its OTA websites will save a combined one million hours this year compared to booking directly with an airline[3], avoiding the least enjoyable element of travel planning.

Another significant frustration felt by US travellers when planning travel is the difficulty in aligning dates and times for flight with available accommodation, with 41% finding this element of travel planning unenjoyable.

Furthermore, just over a third (35%) of respondents stated that they find organising flight connections for multi leg trips an unpleasant part of the travel booking process. OTAs such as eDreams.net can alleviate these frustrations by amalgamating multiple options from travel providers to provide different route and price options in one place, depending on whether convenience or price is the traveller’s top priority.

Pablo Caspers, Chief Air Supply Officer at eDreams ODIGEO, commented, “We are starting to see consumer confidence rebuild following positive news around vaccination programmes. As people start to dream and plan for trips overseas, we spoke to US travellers to understand what their pain points are when it comes to planning and booking travel and how eDreams as a travel agent can work to relieve these.

“Despite many people still being in lockdown with plenty of spare time, nearly half of US consumers still find researching price to be the least enjoyable element of travel planning, and this is a place where OTAs like eDreams can really help. Our technology carries out eight billion price calculations every hour, taking the pressure off consumers by ensuring they are presented with the widest choice whilst also allowing them to make easy price and route comparisons.

“With many travellers grounded for much of 2020 and now into 2021, we know people are keen to start travelling again and when they do, they will be seeking convenient, hassle-free booking options so they can focus on relaxing and re-connecting with family and friends after so many months apart.”

eDreams ODIGEO is one of the world’s largest online travel companies and one of the largest e-commerce businesses in Europe. The leading travel brand offers 274,000 flight routes from over 650 airline partners, giving travellers access to the widest choice and combination of air fares and airlines to secure the best price. Under its four leading online travel agency brands – eDreams, GO Voyages, Opodo, Travellink, and the metasearch engine Liligo – it serves more than 17 million customers per year across 45 markets.

Methodology: An independent poll was carried out by OnePoll between 25th and 28th January 2021. 2,000 US adults who have travelled as an adult were surveyed.

[1] 194 EUR to USD. Exchange rate calculated on 02.03.21

[2] Price saving is worked out by comparing average gross booking value of eDreams ODIGEO’s dynamic packages compared to the same trip booked separately on top airline and hotelier websites. It is not a like for like comparison of the exact same flight, it could be for the same destination via a different route and airline provider.

[3] Calculated by eDreams ODIGEO based on an internal study that shows that consumers save on average 4.95 minutes when booking via the eDreams ODIGEO OTA brands compared to booking the same products on the airline website directly. The 1M figure is the aggregated time saving expected in 2021 for all eDreams ODIGEO customers, which includes single airline and multi airline trips combined.


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