Whether it’s a short break, or a week or two’s vacation, there is no reason why you can’t continue to travel with NETs. With proper planning, traveling may be just the thing to help provide a nice break for you and your loved ones. Always talk to a healthcare provider about your plans. They can help you schedule around important appointments or treatments.
Although you may experience more difficulties traveling than you used to – perhaps you feel tired more easily or generally uncomfortable on the journey, or experience more logistical issues such as getting your medication through security at an airport – all of these things can be managed if you know what to expect and plan ahead.
Remember, make sure your travel plans do not coincide with any important check-ups or appointments. Talk to your healthcare team if you are unsure.
If you need to take medication while you are away, ask your primary care physician or NETs specialist for a letter stating why the medication has been prescribed and how often you must take it.
This is particularly important if you are carrying a liquid or injectable medication and traveling through airports that limit the amount of liquid you can carry or the transport of sharp objects.
Take details of your prescription with you in case you need to obtain more medication while you are away. Read the patient information leaflet(s) that come with your medication(s) to check how the medication needs to be stored. If your medication needs to be kept cool, check how long you will be traveling and if you should invest in a medical cool bag.
If in doubt, consult someone in your healthcare team for suggestions on traveling with medication or ask your local patient support group for help.
A big concern for many people with chronic illnesses, and not just cancer, is what will happen if you get sick while away from home, particularly if in another country. Some insurance companies may be reluctant to offer travel insurance to people with cancer or other chronic conditions as they may be more likely to make a claim.
However, you may be able to get travel insurance and it could offer you the peace of mind you need to travel without the worry of what may happen if you get sick or lose something valuable. Check out your options before booking your travel, and be prepared to ask several companies before taking out your insurance to get the best deal.