Whether it is for work, a short-break or a holiday abroad, there is no reason why you cannot continue to travel with neuroendocrine cancer. In fact, most patients who are living with NETs would tell you to not let your condition confine you to the house and to continue to do what you would normally do.
Travelling may be just the thing needed to help you take the time and space to come to terms with your diagnosis of NETs, de-stress, or perhaps celebrate getting a good test result or marking the end of a particular treatment phase.
Although you may experience more difficulties travelling 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 though security at an airport – all of these things can be managed if you know what to expect and plan ahead.
Make sure your travel plans do not coincide with any important check-ups or appointments. Consult your healthcare team if you are unsure.
“After being diagnosed for 5 years, [I] finally got travel insurance… which will cover me for my pre-existing condition…”
If you need to take medication while you are away, ask your primary care physician or specialist NETs doctor 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 travelling through airport or other similar security that limits the amount of liquid you can carry or the transport of sharp objects.
If your medication needs to be kept cool talk to the airline before you fly as they might be able to help you store refrigerated medication on the plane, particularly on a long-haul flight.
Take details of your prescription with you in case you need to obtain more medication while you are away. And, ensure you 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 travelling and if going to a hot climate invest in a specialist medical cool bag.
If in doubt, consult someone in your healthcare team for advice on travelling with medication or ask your local patient support group for help.
“It is good to carry a letter with you with the details of your diagnosis and the treatments or medications that you are on.”
The healthcare professional shown in this video speaks about their own opinions and experiences and not about any specific patient. Some treatment options may not be authorized or available in your country. Each person’s case is unique and you should always consult a doctor for information and advice about the diagnosis and treatment of NET. No information within this video constitutes medical advice.
Opinions expressed in the videos are purely individual, personal opinions of the patient, and by no means constitute treatment advice or guidance. Every patient should follow instructions from their treating physician as well as make their own informed choices.
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 such as diabetes as they may be more likely to make a claim.
However, it is possible 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.
For extra peace of mind, European residents may also be eligible to apply for a free European Health Insurance Card (EHIC). This provides emergency hospital treatment should you need within the European Union and certain other countries, although it should not be used as an alternative for having travel insurance.
Your doctor or specialist nurse may have details of recommended travel insurance companies that are able to insure people with NETs. This could save you some time in ringing around lots of different insurers.
Other patients and patient support groups may also have information about travel insurance companies.
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