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Travelling with cancer

Travelling when you have cancer or treatment might need some extra planning. There are organisations to help you and plenty of tips to make it easier.

Travelling in the UK

Travelling in the UK when you have cancer might mean you need to plan ahead a little.

Travelling abroad

Travelling abroad when you have cancer might not affect where or how you travel. But sometimes you could have a few extra things to think about.

When not to travel

You might not be able to travel when you have certain cancers or cancer treatments – check with your doctor.

Taking medicines abroad

When you need to take medicines abroad with you, it’s worth planning ahead. Some drugs are restricted. You may need a doctor’s letter or export licence.

Travel tips

Plan a safe and pleasant journey with these travel tips for people who have cancer, are having treatment or are recovering from treatment.

Taking care when you are away

When you’re travelling you may need to take extra care, especially if you’re at risk of blood clots, infection, lymphoedema (swelling) or sun sensitivity.

Travel insurance

Getting travel insurance when you’ve had cancer can be difficult. But it’s important to have insurance and there are specialist companies you can contact.

Useful contacts

When you need extra help with travelling, you can get useful information from airports and airlines, train companies and several charities.

Last reviewed: 
09 Jul 2014

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