Cancer Travel Insurance
We’re sure you don’t let your medical circumstances stop you making the most of your daily life. We believe you should expect no different when you want to take your holiday. Getting Cancer Travel Insurance as a patient with a serious medical condition can sometimes prove difficult. At Staysure we make things easier.
As specialists in medical travel insurance for over 50s, we’re partners with an expert underwriter who specialises in providing cover for all types of pre-existing medical conditions – including most forms of cancer. So your medical condition should be no bar to you enjoying that fantastic trip away.
Staysure Cancer Travel Insurance
When you enquire about taking your Cancer Travel Insurance with us, you’ll find our process quick and simple: we take you through a few questions, we consider your medical conditions, and we allow you to tailor the policy to your specific needs – both medical and non-medical ones.
Then if all goes well, you’ll be able to relax and start counting down to your dream holiday, safe in the knowledge that you are fully covered should the unforeseen happen while you’re on your trip.
Why not call us free now on 0800 033 4902, or use the ‘Get Me A Quote’ button for an online quote in minutes.
Benefits of using our Cancer Travel Insurance
- Medical and repatriation cover of up to £10 million
- Travel cover for anywhere in Europe or Worldwide
- No upper age limits on single trips and single trip cruise policies
Get a quote online with our simple medical screening process, or contact our holiday insurance specialists on 0800 033 4902 who will be glad to help you with any questions you may have.
Why do I need travel insurance that covers cancer patients?
Travel insurance is essential even for travellers in the best of health. It’s always better to be prepared for the unexpected, particularly when you’re away from home. And if you have a pre-existing medical condition such as cancer, ensuring that it’s covered by your travel insurance policy is a very sensible idea indeed.
Medical treatment can prove very costly in many countries, and being covered with good quality travel insurance could save you thousands in hospital bills if it turns out that you require some treatment while travelling, or even repatriation from your trip.
To make sure you’re properly covered, declaring your medical conditions when getting a quote is a must. But if you haven’t received any cancer treatment, check-ups or follow-ups within the last two years, your diagnosis probably won’t affect your premium.
When you phone us for a quote, please make sure you have the following information to hand.
What information do I need to obtain a quote with Staysure?
- The specific name of the cancer
- The names and dosages of any medication you are taking
- Medical history documents to help with questions relating to dates
Travel Tips for Cancer Patients
- First of all, it’s worth talking to your doctor or nurse so they can advise you whether you should travel and what kind of trip is most manageable for you.
- For example, some cancers and their treatments can raise the risk of you getting a blood clot (sometimes called a deep vein thrombosis or DVT). Sitting still for a long time, whether on a plane, a train, a car or a bus can increase this risk. So your doctor might need to fill out a form or a letter showing that you are well enough to fly. Ask your doctor for this about 3 weeks before you travel.
- Depending on the nature of your cancer, consider destinations where you can realistically enjoy your holidays, without pushing yourself to the limit. Fatigue is a common side effect of cancer treatment, and this may sometimes continue for months following treatment. And of course it can also be an ongoing symptom. Tiredness need not stop you from travelling. But as with anyone’s holiday, it’s best to think about the amount of activity you can manage and how to pace yourself.
- Airlines and holiday companies will help too. Almost all of them have a specialist services officer that you can contact in advance, to help arrange any equipment or additional assistance you may require on your trip – such as: Wheelchairs, Early boarding and finding a suitable seat, Special dietary need, Transfers to and from the airpor, Organising oxygen.
- In addition to your medical insurance, check you’ll actually be able to get suitable facilities in the country you are visiting, should you need urgent assistance.
- If you’re travelling within the European Economic Area (EU countries plus Switzerland, Norway, Iceland and Lichtenstein), remember to bring a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) in addition to your Staysure insurance. Your EHIC grants you state healthcare at a reduced cost or sometimes for free, depending upon the country you are visiting. Bear in mind, though: it does not provide the full range of cover and benefits that travel insurance does.
- Remember to pack all your prescribed medications with you. And it’s advisable to take plus 50% extra, in order to cater for any unforeseen delays. Keep your medications safely in your hand luggage so they are ready for whenever you may need them or if you are delayed.
- You may need a licence to carry some medicines (e.g. certain painkillers). Your hospice or hospital will obtain one for you. Make sure you apply for this well in advance of your departure date. If you are travelling for more than three months, a licence from the Home Office is required. Your doctor needs to fill in the personal import/export form and send it to the Home Office.
- If you have undergone radiotherapy, never expose the irradiated parts of your body to direct sunshine during the first year. After a year, always use high protection sun cream and, between 11am and 3pm, avoid spending prolonged periods of time in the sun.
- Always carry your travel insurance documents with you in case of an emergency. And it’s a good idea to keep a photocopy of them in another part of your luggage.
Cancer Travel Insurance FAQ
Can I get travel insurance as a cancer patient?
Yes, we consider everyone for travel insurance including people with cancer. Provided your doctor has declared you fit to travel, you have declared all conditions during our medical screening process and our underwriter has accepted cover, we can provide you with the insurance you need. An additional premium may be necessary.
Can I get travel insurance with terminal cancer?
Unfortunately, we are unable to cover anyone who has received a terminal diagnosis at this time. However, we would suggest contacting the British Insurance Brokers Association (BIBA) to assist you in finding appropriate cover.
Where can I travel to with Staysure’s Cancer Travel Insurance?
You can travel anywhere in the world, so long as the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and the World Health Organisation have not advised against it. And there is no upper age limit if you’re taking out Single-trip insurance.
Can I fly with cancer?
Many people with cancer can fly safely, however as with all medical conditions, discussing your plans with your doctor first is essential. Some people such as those who have had lung-related problems, oedema, bone marrow or stem cell transplants, low platelet counts might be at risk of complications if they fly. Having cancer can increase the risk of developing a blood clot as do treatments like chemotherapy, surgery and hormone therapy.
What happens if my medical condition changes once I’ve already bought my travel insurance policy?
If your cancer or any other aspect of your health alters after you’ve bought your policy, it’s vital that we know as soon as possible. It may mean there’s an additional premium or variation of the cover provided. In some rare cases it may mean that we have to withdraw the cover. Please be sure to call our Customer Service team on 0800 033 4902 so we can assess the changes.
Cancer Travel Insurance - Get a Quote
Wherever you’re going on your holiday, you can apply online for your cancer travel insurance quote, or please call our friendly specialists on 0800 033 4902. They’ll be very happy to help you.