Cancer Travel Insurance

01:31PM 03/01/2013

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With Staysure, if your last treatment, check-up or cancer medication was more than two years ago, this will not affect your premium. If you are having ongoing treatment then the price may be a bit more, but you can still opt for a basic or comprehensive policy that will provide a helpful financial safety net should something go wrong on holiday.

Key policy features include a comprehensive medical screening program, cancellation and curtailment protection, up to £10,000 medical cover and repatriation, accommodation for your travelling companion in the event of the hospitalisation of the policy holder, money, baggage and increased single item cover.

In addition to taking out a good travel insurance policy, if you're travelling in Europe you should also pick up a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC). This entitles you to low-cost or free health care at the same level as citizens of the country you are visiting, as long a it is a participating country.

Travelling with cancer

There are plenty of measures people suffering with cancer can take when planning a holiday, to help ensure it goes smoothly.

The number one rule when travelling with cancer is to check with your doctor first. If a medical professional gives you the green light to travel then you can sit down with them to work out your medication plan.

Your GP will give you a prescription for enough medication for the duration of your trip, plus some extra in case the flight is delayed or you experience a similar inconvenience. They can also write you a note explaining your condition and include their contact information and the details of your prescription on it. This will be a big help should you fall ill, or lose your medication and need to see a doctor while you are away. If you carry certain medications, syringes or portable medicine pumps, you will also need a doctor's note explaining this. It is also important to carry these items in your hand luggage, so they are kept with you, rather than in the hold of the plane.

Travelling across time zones affects when you take medications. Ask your doctor to sit down and work out a plan as to how to adjust to different time zones. The medical professional will also be able to give you advice when it comes to vaccinations, as some of these could interfere with your medication.

If you're concerned about travelling, planning ahead is the best thing you can do. You should let the travel company know about any disability you have and any special needs or equipment you might require. Most travel companies and airlines will have a medical officer who can give you advice about your journey.

Working with your GP or Consultant and your travel agent, you will be able to plan sufficiently to ensure you have everything in place, meaning you can enjoy your holiday to the full.

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