Travel tips: Cancer

A cancer diagnosis can be a life-changing event that impacts many aspects of a person's life, including their ability to travel. However, travelling after cancer is possible, and in some cases, could be just what you need. Time to relax, let your hair down and spend some quality time with your loved ones.

Family enjoying a holiday on the beach

Here are some things to keep in mind:

  • Talk to your healthcare team: Before booking any travel plans, it is important to talk to your doctors and ensure that you are physically able to travel. They can also provide advice on any special precautions or considerations you may need to take.
  • Consider your energy levels: Cancer treatments can cause fatigue and weakness, so it is important to consider how much physical activity you can handle while on holiday. Plan activities and excursions that are manageable for your energy levels.
  • Choose your destination wisely: Consider the location, climate, and accessibility of your destination. Make sure that it is safe and suitable for your needs, and that medical care is readily available if needed.
  • Get cancer travel insurance: It is important to have travel insurance that covers cancellation if become ill and are unable to travel, as well emergency medical expenses whilst you are away. Make sure that the policy covers any pre-existing medical conditions, including your cancer diagnosis.
  • Take care of your emotional well-being: Cancer and cancer treatment is a big deal; it is physically and emotionally challenging. Prioritize self-care and takes steps to make sure it is relaxing and fun, not stressful. That could mean allowing plenty of time for the journey, allowing time to chill out between excursions, or maybe just doing what you want to do, rather than giving into what someone else thinks you should be doing.

Here are some good sources of information to help you plan a holiday after cancer:

Macmillan Cancer Support: Macmillan offers a comprehensive guide to travelling with cancer, which includes information on preparing for your trip, getting travel insurance, and managing side effects while travelling. You can find the guide on their website at

Cancer Research UK: Cancer Research UK has a helpful section on their website dedicated to travelling with cancer. They offer advice on planning your trip, managing symptoms, and getting insurance. You can find the section at https://www.cancerresearchuk.o...

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