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23 Nov

Travel Tips For Those With Pancreatic Cancer

Man on beach at sunsetSix Points To Consider For Travelling With Pancreatic Cancer

Simple tips to make holiday planning with pancreatic cancer easier

November is Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month, and we wish to raise the issue of travelling with the condition. Many people fear going on holiday when diagnosed with cancer, but with the right planning, and your doctor’s approval, a holiday is possible.

Planning a holiday or short break can sometimes be complicated, but this can be made even harder when you or one of your companions will be travelling with pancreatic cancer. Read on to find out how you can best plan for your trip, with the least amount of stress possible.

Doctor’s Orders

A chat with your doctor or health consultant will be able to confirm whether or not you are fit to travel. Bring a friend or family member along with you, as they may be able to ask questions you hadn’t thought of. If you have had any surgery, you may not be able to fly yet. Your doctor will also be able to advise you on vaccinations if you plan on visiting certain countries.

Do not travel unless you have spoken to your doctor first.

Find Suitable Accommodation

Get in touch with your accommodation provider and explain to them your needs. Most hospitality managers will be more than happy to cater for you and will make sure you have a pleasant and comfortable stay.

If you think you might prefer a ground floor room, or a suite on the quieter side of the complex, make sure your thoughts are heard early on. Like with most things, the earlier you plan and make requests, the more likely these are likely to be met.

Sort Insurance Out

Another task that should be high on your list of priorities is sorting your travel insurance out. Take a look at our worldwide travel insurance, which covers most pre-existing medical conditions, as well as cancellation costs and medical and emergency cover. Speak to one of our agents first who will explain what cover we can provide.

Investing in insurance enables you to relax on holiday, knowing you are protected should the worst happen.

European Health Insurance Card

If you’re travelling in the European Union and need to use the state medical care, you will be treated as a regular citizen, provided you show your EHIC (European Health Insurance Card) and passport.

It should be noted that the EHIC card should not be used in place of insurance. It doesn’t cover you for some eventualities, for example – it doesn’t cover your travel costs if you need to be sent back home in an emergency.

Think About Medicines

Remember that airlines will only allow you to take up to one hundred millilitres of liquid medicine onboard any of their flights. Any more than that and you will need a doctor’s letter.

Think carefully about how your medicines will be stored when you go away. Do they need to be kept refrigerated? Make sure your accommodation has the facilities to do this.

You might want to have a list of medications you use written down and kept on your person. Should you lose any, you will know which ones to order or have sent over to you.

Sun Care

If you have taken chemotherapy drugs, your skin will be more sensitive to the sun. Ensure you have adequate supplies of sun cream and stay in the shade during the hottest parts of the day.

Make sure you always carry a hat and some loose clothing to slip into once the harsh rays of the sun come out. Better still; grab a cool drink and head to a shady area with your favourite book.

Going on holiday should always be a positive experience, regardless of whether you have cancer or not.

Take the time to plan your trip carefully and remember to be practical at all times. Speak to your cancer nurse, make sure you’re covered and try not to fit too much into your schedule. A holiday is a time for you and your family to relax and forget about everything going on at home. Plan properly and you can rest easy and enjoy your break.