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Prostate cancer travel insurance

03:22PM 04/01/2013

When you are planning to travel with a long-term condition like prostate cancer, preparation is the key. Securing a solid travel insurance policy and working out how you're going to travel and your planning your itinerary ahead of time can really save any stress during the holiday.

People can find it more difficult to get travel insurance after they have received treatment for cancer, with premiums increasing for some individuals. However, travel insurance is an absolutely vital part of the booking process, and you should not jet off without it. It is worth noting that if the last time you had a check-up, follow-up appointment or treatment for cancer was over two years ago, this will not affect your premiums. If you are having ongoing treatment, the cost may be slightly more, but there is no reason you shouldn't be able to secure a good policy.

When you have a long-term condition like prostate cancer, it is even more important than usual to ensure you have a good travel insurance policy in place. No-one likes to think about their holiday not going to plan, but if you do end up needing medical attention while you are away, having cover in place means you won't have to worry about financial details when there are more important things to focus on.

Tips for travelling with prostate cancer

Planning ahead cannot be underestimated when you're travelling with a long-term condition, and this process starts before you even book the holiday. It is essential to see your doctor to get the go ahead for travelling. Once they have confirmed you are ok to take your trip, you can get on with the rest of your preparations.

While prostate cancer may not affect how or where some individuals travel, others need to make special considerations. You can liaise with an airline before you fly to ensure all your needs are covered, for example early boarding on flights, extra legroom, special dietary needs, wheelchair facilities, transfers to and from the airport etc. Any necessary extra equipment that you need should also be taken into consideration.

As well as securing a comprehensive travel insurance policy, everyone travelling in Europe should also pick up a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) before they go. This entitles them to reduced-cost or free health care in participating countries in the EU, and can make things much easier if you should require medical attention while away. That said the EHIC is an accompaniment to travel insurance, not a replacement.

Medication

Medication can be one of the trickiest aspects of going on holiday with a long-term illness.

In order to prepare, visit your doctor and ask their advice in terms of how much medication to take. You need enough to last your holiday plus extra in case something should go wrong with your transport or you lose some. Your doctor will also help you to draw up a schedule for when to take each dose if you are going on holiday to somewhere with a very different time zone.

When packing, include a copy of your prescription which will make it easier for you if you should need to get hold of some medication while you are away. A note containing the details of your condition as well as your doctors contact information is also handy should anything go wrong.

It is also important to check your airline's policy on medication, as well as that of the country you are visiting, as some medications could be illegal in certain countries.

Pack your medication in your hand luggage wherever possible, as this will enable you to keep an eye on it and reduces the likelihood of it getting lost.

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