Information for Out-of-Town Patients

Our concern and commitment to our patients’ well-being extends to ensuring patients are comfortably settled while in Los Angeles for their treatments. We are dedicated to making all of our patients feel at home, even if home is many miles away. We want to ensure that your stay in the Los Angeles area is as easy, comfortable, and serene as possible.

For out-of-town patients, the Cancer Center offers personalized care and services to help with accommodation needs. Course of treatment determines length of stay in Los Angeles, but typically, many of our patients require from one week to a couple months.

Services for Out-of-Town Patients

We offer assistance with the following services in addition to anything else you might need:

  • Medical related or local transportation
  • Travel agent to coordinate flight and hotel requirements
  • Leasing agent to assist with leasing apartment, condominium or house
  • Concierge and VIP medical care
  • Private nurses

Accommodation and Travel Arrangements

There are numerous accommodation options available to our patients, family members and friends in the Brentwood, Santa Monica, and Westside communities which are all adjacent to the Cancer Center. You can choose from furnished apartments or condominiums, hotels, and houses and depending upon your needs, housing can accommodate single people or even families. Some of our patients like to rent furnished homes by the beach which offers privacy, luxury, scenery, and serenity of the ocean. Whatever your preference, we can help you with the arrangements.

Patients typically fly into the Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), which is just a short drive from Santa Monica where our center is located. If you need assistance for transportation to and from your hotel or the airport, we recommend CoolRide, which offers professional sedan and limousine services. You can either schedule transportation with this LA based service by calling (888) 812-2665, or we can take care of this for you. Additionally, you can use ridesharing services Uber or Lyft which have easy-to-use phone apps to schedule on-demand rides from drivers in their private vehicles.

As a national leader in the development of cutting edge treatment, research, clinical trials, and drug trials for all forms and stages of sarcoma, the Sarcoma Oncology Center is equipped to offer patients from around the world unparalleled service and care. Our facility is located in a convenient and easily accessible space just minutes from the beaches of Santa Monica and soothing waves of the Pacific Ocean.

Our dedicated staff is committed and available to help our out of town patients plan every step of their trip.

Getting to the Sarcoma Oncology Center

Whether traveling from another city or state in the U.S., or from an international destination, the Sarcoma Oncology Center is conveniently located approximately 20 minutes from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), with multiple options for shuttle and ground transportation to the hospital.

Getting Around Santa Monica

The city of Santa Monica is unique to Los Angeles and southern California in that is a fairly walkable city, serviced by several municipal bus lines:

Big Blue Bus

Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (LA Metro)

There are also ample car rental companies available at the airport, and taxi services to help patients and their families get around:

Santa Monica Taxi and LA Yellow Cab

Located on the Westside of Los Angeles, the city of Santa Monica is a perfect starting point to branch out and visit other parts of Los Angeles County, such as Westwood Village, home to the beautiful UCLA campus; and Beverly Hills, Hollywood, and Downtown Los Angeles.

Where to Stay

The city of Santa Monica and surrounding areas have some of the best hotel options in the state for every price range and budget, with a range of amenities and features. Just a few of the many options for accommodation include:

JW Marriott Santa Monica Le Merigot
1740 Ocean Avenue
Santa Monica , CA  90401

Doubletree Suites by Hilton Hotel Santa Monica
1707 4th St
Santa Monica, CA 90401
(310) 395-3332

Le Méridien Delfina Santa Monica
530 Pico Blvd
Santa Monica, CA 90405
(310) 399-9344

Comfort Inn Santa Monica – West Los Angeles
2815 Santa Monica Blvd
Santa Monica, CA 90404
(310) 828-5517

Best Western Plus Gateway Hotel Santa Monica
1920 Santa Monica Blvd,
Santa Monica, CA 90404
(310) 829-9100

Pearl Recovery Retreat
SLS Hotel Beverly Hills
465 South La Cienega Blvd, Suite 375
Los Angeles, CA 90048


Santa Monica Pier
404 Santa Monica Pier
Santa Monica, CA 90401

Downtown Santa Monica and the Third Street Promenade
Shopping, Dining, Entertainment
1351 3rd Street Promenade #201,
Santa Monica, CA 90401
(310) 393-8355

Rodeo Drive Beverly Hills

Hollywood Walk of Fame

For more information, questions, and help planning your visit to the Sarcoma Oncology Center and southern California, contact us today at 310.552.9999.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How soon after my treatments can I board an airplane flight or take a long car ride?
A: We recommend that you remain in town during the full course of treatment before you board a long flight or drive a long distance. This is to ensure your comfort and safety, as well as the success of your recovery. You will need to discuss this matter with your treating physician, but we recommend that once your treatment ends, you should rest an additional week.

Q: How do I get to the Cancer Center?
A: Our center is located at 2811 Wilshire Boulevard in Santa Monica. There are a few different ways to travel to the center. Patients who fly into Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) or Bob Hope Airport in Burbank can take a short taxi or limousine to the center. Patients coming from cities within Southern California – such as Irvine, Newport Beach, San Diego, or Santa Barbara – may want to consider traveling by Amtrak train unless they have a family member or friend to drive them. For distances outside of Southern California, we encourage patients to fly into town.

Contact the Cancer Center

For more information regarding out of town travel to the Cancer Center, please contact us via email using the contact form or call us at 310-552-9999. We encourage you to ask us any questions that you might have about your out-of-town travel needs.

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