If you suffer from cancer, it needn't stop you from travelling abroad. There are just a few things you will need to consider before you book your holiday.
If you are suffering from cancer and want to plan a holiday abroad, your first port of call for advice should always be your doctor, as they will know your medical history and details about your treatment and medication. You should never travel against your doctor's advice.
Cancer Research UK is another good place to start. Their website contains a number of articles about travelling with cancer, including tips for travelling abroad and within the UK and when not to travel.
Once you have made sure that it is safe for you to travel, and decided where you are going, it is important to get appropriate cancer travel insurance.
Remember to declare your cancer when you buy travel insurance. If you do not declare it, your travel insurance may become invalid if you fall ill abroad and need to receive treatment, or if you need to cancel the trip as a result as a result of your illness.
There are specialist insurers that can cover people with a severe prognosis, even terminal cases, or those that are still receiving treatment. So suffering from cancer doesn't need to stop you from travelling.
When you buy cancer travel insurance, you will need to answer some simple questions about your condition through the insurer's medical screening process. You will be asked a series of multiple choice questions about your cancer, including when you were diagnosed and if you are receiving chemotherapy or radiotherapy.
Many people with cancer can fly without any problems. But being in a fit state to fly could depend on whether or not you have recently undergone surgery and the type of medical treatment you are receiving.
Visit the Cancer Research UK website for more information about flying with cancer and ask your doctor if they think you are safe to fly.
Remember your cancer travel insurance won't cover you if you are travelling against your doctor's advice.
If you are travelling with cancer and you need to receive emergency treatment abroad, your cancer travel insurance should cover this, so long as declared your condition when you bought your policy and you paid any additional premium that was required.
Your travel insurance will not, however, cover you if you travel abroad to receive specific treatment.
If you need to take cancer medication with you when you go on holiday, make sure you take extra supplies in the event of travel delays. Accompany your medication with a letter from your doctor to prove your right to carry it.
Think carefully about choosing your travel destination. Travelling with cancer might mean that you become breathless or tired easily. If this is the case, choose a destination that meets your needs.
Hilly, remote or hot destinations might not be suitable as you could tire quickly, spoiling the enjoyment of your holiday. Long haul destinations carry with them the dismay of jet lag, which can be hard to recover from quickly if you already suffer from fatigue.
In short, always seek your doctor's advice before you travel and declare your condition when you buy cancer travel insurance.