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It is not uncommon to still do many of the same things with cancer as you did before you got a cancer diagnosis including traveling. Taking a trip can be a great way to celebrate the end of treatments or fulfill a goal before starting the treatments.
Whatever the reason may be, traveling with cancer can sometimes require a different type of planning than those who are not dealing with cancer. For some battling cancer, there are no special needs, while others will require special arrangements in order to make their travels work. Here are some tips if you are thinking about traveling with cancer.
Speak With Your Doctor
One of the first things you should do before heading out on your trip is visit your chosen oncology center. Your oncologist may advise you not to travel during certain points of your treatment in order to keep you healthy.
If they do allow you to travel, then you want to be upfront about where you will be going and for how long. This will help the oncologist decide if traveling will affect your cancer or not. Once you have received approval from your doctor, you can then start planning out your trip.
Plan Out Your Medications
When you have cancer, you are often prescribed certain drugs to help with symptoms and combat your illness. Traveling with prescriptions takes some planning. Not all countries allow you to bring in controlled medication. It is important not only to have enough of a supply to get you through the trip, but to have a doctor's note explaining why you need these drugs.
If you plan to travel out of the country, you want to be sure to look up the country's requirement on bringing in prescription drugs. You should always have a copy of your prescription with you while traveling.
Get Travel Insurance
Because cancer can change the way you feel daily, you never know how it could affect your ability to travel. Be sure to get travel insurance when booking your trip in case you end up not being able to travel. Should you get sick during your trip, many travel insurances offer some type of reimbursement for medical costs. Make sure you have a copy of your insurance policy with you during your travels.
Pack for Everything
When you decide to travel with cancer, you may need to pack a few extra items. These could be any equipment needed should you get sick, information about your cancer, and pain killers you may need. You should also take along someone who knows about your situation and can be there in case you start feeling under the weather.
Schedule Boarding Times
Because you may require additional care, it is important to schedule early boarding times to give you the ability to board at your own pace. Should you decide to board at regular times, you may find yourself exhausted after fighting the crowds. Many airlines and travel companies will help you schedule special arrangements if you can demonstrate a need.Share