Travel Insurance for Breast Cancer
Everyone deserves a foreign holiday or even just a city break now and then. However, if you’ve just been diagnosed with breast cancer or you have recently finished your treatment, you may find it difficult to get the specialist cancer travel insurance you need. As some breast cancer patients may require emergency medical treatment while away, or might even need to be brought home early due to their condition, it is understandable why so many people struggle to get cover for cancer on their standard travel insurance.
Having a serious medical condition such as breast cancer shouldn’t stop you from travelling, as long as you find the right travel insurance for your specific health and travel needs. Breast cancer holiday insurance is essential, as becoming ill abroad can be costly without the right insurance cover and you could be left out of pocket!
Free Spirit has helped thousands of breast cancer patients enjoy a much needed holiday. Whether you are considering a Caribbean cruise with loved ones, a spiritual adventure to India or just relaxing by a hotel pool in Majorca, our cancer travel insurance can provide you with the cover you and your travelling companions need.
How to apply
We know that no two cancers are the same and treatment can vary depending on the severity of the breast cancer. It doesn’t matter if you have received radiotherapy, chemotherapy or had cancer surgery we will look at each case individually in order to provide you with the best cover available.
Obtaining an instant quote for breast cancer travel insurance could not be easier, our fully interactive website includes online medical screening. We will ask you some questions about your breast cancer so that you get the cover that’s right for you:
- Has the disease ever spread beyond the breast?
- How long ago was the initial diagnosis of breast cancer made?
- Was the breast cancer completely surgically removed after diagnosis?
- Are you currently having any treatment and/or is any planned?
Some people prefer to talk to us
Free Spirit has a dedicated UK based customer service team to answer any questions you may have. We understand that some medical conditions can be complicated and you may prefer to talk to a friendly voice instead. You can call us on 0800 170 7704, we are open 8am to 6pm Monday to Friday (closed Bank Holidays) and your call will be treated with the utmost confidentiality.
Why choose Free Spirit breast cancer travel insurance?
- No upper age limit on Single Trip and Annual Multi-trip
- Choice of two cover options – Super and Super Duper
- Single trips covered up to 94 days*
- Annual Multi-trip provides unlimited number of trips – travel up to 31 days per trip (Super) and 45 days (Super Duper)*
- Journey disruption / Airspace closure cover
- Loss or damage to medical aids and prescribed breast cancer medications
*Terms and conditions may apply
Why cover your breast cancer before you travel?
What would you do if you had to cancel your holiday because of your breast cancer? How would you feel if you hadn’t purchased adequate insurance to cover your medical condition and you were unable to claim back any pre-paid costs? Some standard travel policies may offer cover for cancer and they may seem like a good deal, however do not be fooled! It is unlikely they will include the insurance protection you need so it is always worth checking your Insurance Policy to make sure.
Another great idea is to add travelling companions to your policy; they could be your friends, family members or even your carer. They too can claim if you needed to cancel your holiday because of your medical condition or if it had to be cut short while away because you became unwell.
Get a professional medical opinion
Your doctor or treating consultant should be able to advise on the best time to head off for a holiday, perhaps because of a gap in breast cancer treatment or before chemotherapy is due to start. They can also discuss how you’re likely to feel at the time and advise against countries that may not be suitable. Time differences can affect when you need to take your medication, so you can put a plan together to ensure you won’t be left feeling unwell. You may also need a letter from your doctor advising you are fit for travel but remember to speak to them well in advance, don’t leave it until the last minute.
Getting your EHIC ready
If you decide to travel within the EU, carry an up-to-date European Health Insurance Card. This allows you to get state healthcare at a reduced cost, or even for free, should you fall ill or have an accident abroad. The card is free through the NHS website; however the EHIC does not replace travel insurance so it’s important to have breast cancer travel insurance too.
Air travel and breast cancer
If you are happy to let the airline carrier know of your condition a few weeks beforehand they may allow you to check in early and offer you priority boarding. Perhaps see if you can get access to the airline’s lounge to relax before the flight if you’re travelling long haul. Also discuss any breast cancer medication you may need to take in your hand luggage. If you need to keep your medication cool explain you’ll have a cool pack, and talk about any security issues that may arise from carrying your medication.
Documents and medication
Always keep your travel insurance documents with you wherever you go. It’ll make life easier should you need emergency medical assistance. Take enough medication for your trip, as well as a few days extra too just in case you have any delays on your return trip. Also, consider keeping a list of any breast cancer medications you are on including their generic and brand name in case you need emergency supplies.
Keeping fit and well on holiday
Try to make sure you eat a good diet and drink plenty of bottled water to avoid any travel bugs. Avoid ice in drinks if it’s made using tap water, and steer well clear of food left out – flies carry all manner of bacteria. Make sure your meals are cooked properly and are hot right through in the case of meat and fish. As tempting as lazing on a sun lounger can seem, try to keep out of the sun especially during the heat of the day between 11:00 and 15:00 in most European countries. A stroll along the beach while the sun is setting can be just as good for the body as it is for the mind.
Peace of mind
Here at Free Spirit we are dedicated to offering you not just an excellent standard of service but an insurance cover that will ensure you have immediate peace of mind protection. We are one of the UK’s largest specialist travel insurance providers for people with medical conditions including all types of cancer. We pride ourselves in helping people that have not been able to get cover elsewhere.
Please read the Insurance Policy for the full terms and conditions of this specialist medical travel insurance cover to make sure it’s suitable for your needs.
Last updated: 15th June 2016.