If you have recently been diagnosed with a male cancer or just finished a course of treatment a holiday may be just what you need. Here at Free Spirit we believe having a male cancer shouldn’t stop you from travelling abroad and experiencing new holiday destinations however, you may need to consider where you go, how long you go away for and what you need to take with you.
Not all countries will be able to offer you the same level of medical care that we have in the UK. Once you have decided where to go on holiday, it may be worth spending some time researching the local hospital and medical centres to ensure there will be sufficient medical care available, should you need to use it.
Here are some other things you may want to consider:
- Vaccinations – check with your doctor first to make sure it’s safe for you to have them.
- Radiotherapy – may make your skin more sensitive to the sun. You may want to re-consider where you travel to and the time of year you go.
- Chemotherapy – can weaken your immune system, making it easier for you to pick up infections. You may need to be extra vigilant with your health on holiday, try to avoid municipal swimming pools.
- Brachytherapy – if you have had this treatment and are thinking of travelling by air, ask your doctor for an advice card saying you’ve had internal radiation treatment as you could set off airport radiation sensors.
- Deep Vein Thrombosis – certain treatments such as recent surgery, hormone therapy and chemotherapy may increase your risk of getting a DVT especially when flying. Your doctor or nurse may be able to assist you with suggesting ways of avoiding this, in line with any treatment you are receiving.
Travelling abroad with prescribed medication
To ensure you do not experience any delays at the airport or difficulties with airport security:
- Ask your doctor for a letter explaining what each of your prescribed medicines is for.
- Carry information about your medical condition and treatments in case you need to see a doctor while you’re away. This will help if there is a translator in the hospital so that you don’t have to try and explain in a different language or you could get your medical records translated into the language of the country you are visiting.
- Take enough medicine to last your entire trip and a little bit more just case of emergencies.
- Check with your airline if they have any special rules about carrying prescription medicines on board or within your hold baggage. If you need to store your medicines in a cool bag or a fridge, can your airline provide you with this?
- Keep a list of the actual pharmaceutical names and dosages of your medicines, not just the brand names as these may not be recognised abroad.
Getting free healthcare in Europe
Apply for a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) if you don’t already have one. The EHIC enables you to get state healthcare at a reduced cost or sometimes for free within Europe. It will cover you for treatment that is needed to allow you to continue your stay until your planned return. It also covers you for treatment of pre-existing medical conditions. The EHIC does not always cover the full cost of treatment and it does not cover everything so check the website before you go and think about buying a specialist travel policy for that added peace of mind.
Male cancer travel insurance from Free Spirit
If you have recently been diagnosed with a type of male cancer or have been treated in the past for prostate, skin or bowel cancer, purchasing a travel insurance policy can be difficult. Free Spirit is different to many standard policies as our specially designed travel insurance policy, can help those people that have been declined cover elsewhere due to their health.
Free Spirit can offer cover for the majority of medical conditions including male cancers and we will make sure you have you have the cover that’s right for you, so that you can have a peace of mind holiday.
We can offer you up to £15 million* worth of medical cover which includes cover for the cost of replacing lost or stolen medication. You will also have access to a 24/7 medical emergency helpline, so whether you are in Spain or Sicily, you’ll never be on your own if you have a medical emergency.
* applies to Super Duper cover only