World First offers advice to cancer sufferers wanting a holiday:
A gentle break, a change of scene, new faces and places can be a real pick-me-up if you have suffered from cancer or undergone treatment. Getting away from it all with a loved one will give time to yourselves and memories to cherish.
Firstly, make a realistic assessment of what you are capable of. Think carefully about your destination and how you will get there. A long flight may not be for you because of fatigue, reduced oxygen levels and the risk of swelling and blood clots. But if you keep well hydrated, take gentle exercise and move about it can make any journey easier. Travelling with a companion and or booking assistance such as using a wheelchair at the airport or station, early boarding and a special meal are simple steps that can all help too.
When you have decided on your holiday - the next step is travel insurance. Cancer travel insurance is available from specialist travel insurers. They offer insurance policies for people who are more likely to require medical assistance whilst on holiday. Generic travel insurers are likely to refuse to cover cancer patients or be extremely costly as people needing pre-existing medical condition travel insurance are deemed higher risk.
Do take your time to find the right level of cover and shop around for insurance. Policies will vary in price because of the different medical screening methods used. Some insurers will want your medical history details and pre-existing conditions for the past 12 months whereas others will ask about the past three or five years. Do inform your insurer of anything that may affect your ability to travel. If you are travelling with others, they should also inform their insurer they are travelling with someone with cancer too.