Travelling with Cancer


Cancer is a devastating disease, but everyone reacts to their diagnosis differently. Some people want to carry on with their lives as if nothing has changed; others seek to do all of the things they’ve dreamed of. Irrespective of how you approach your diagnosis, the chances are that your illness will sap your strength, making everything you do just that little bit more challenging.

That doesn’t mean that you should stop, however. It is far better to move and dance and laugh, to spend time outside in the sunshine or drinking in a swanky bar, than it is to take to your bed and dwell. It does mean that doing these things take a little more planning though.

Going on holiday, in particular, leaves a lot to be considered, but if some time in the sun is exactly what you need, then here is a quick checklist to make sure that you’ve got everything covered.

Travel Insurance

For any Brit travelling abroad, travel insurance is a necessity, and that doesn’t change when you’re ill; in fact, it becomes more important than ever. Your disease means that sickness could strike at any time, either directly because of your diagnosis or as a side effect of its treatment. Equally, you’re just as likely to be injured in a completely unconnected incident as anyone else. You’ll find, however, that a lot of insurers won’t cover you, but don’t be disheartened. There are lots of specialist travel insurers like Able2Travel who will be more than happy to help you; be sure to get in touch with them and see what they can do for you.


cancerOne of the many downsides of a cancer diagnosis is all of the medication that you have to take, and this doesn’t stop when you go on holiday. It’s very important that you plan your trip abroad well in advance, to give you time to talk to the professionals involved in your care and make sure that you have enough medication to cover you.


Finally, you’ll want to carefully consider your location. Although many of you will prove stronger than you ever imagined, the illness will sap your physical strength, and this means that some places will suit you better than others. This doesn’t mean that you should be deterred from going where you want to, only that you should think about it very carefully to ensure that your body can cope with the physical demands of the activities, terrain, and climate that you’ll be faced with.

Once you’ve covered all of these bases, all that’s left to do is to wish you a truly wonderful holiday.

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About Ferland Manuel

Dr, Manuel Ferland is health care specialist,