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it’s that lovely time of year again when the sun comes out and makes everything
glisten ... oh wait, I just looked out the window. Regardless of the not-so-jolly
weather, the holiday season is upon us. You may be wondering how cancer will
affect your ability to travel this summer, but here’s the good news: having
cancer doesn’t have to mean that you can’t travel. However, there are some
problems that you might face when travelling or planning a trip. For this
reason, it’s really important that you consider the possible health risks and
plan as much as possible beforehand, so that you can have a relaxing,
stress-free holiday. Here at Macmillan, we’re here to help you do exactly that.
travel insurance can be more difficult when you’re living with or after cancer,
so it’s a good idea to start looking as early as you can. Ideally, you should
start looking for insurance before booking your holiday. Be aware that it can
be harder to get insurance to travel to some countries, particularly the USA,
or for certain types of holidays, such as a cruise.
You can find
out more about getting
travel insurance on our website.
Taking care in the sun
important to protect your skin from the sun, especially during and after
treatment. Some cancer treatments can make your skin more sensitive to damage
from the sun. This damage can be temporary or permanent, and will also depend
on the type and dose of your treatment. We have more information about taking
care of your skin in the sun. Here are a few of the key tips:
Taking medicines abroad
taking regular medicines, make sure you have enough to last for your whole
trip. If you’re going for a long time, check whether you can get the medicines
you need in the country you’re going to, as your doctor can normally only
prescribe a limited amount.
that if you’re travelling across international time zones, this is likely to
affect the time you take your medicines. If there is several hours’ difference
from UK time, try to gradually adjust the times that you take them to fit with
the local time. Your doctor or pharmacist can help you with this. You might
also find our information about taking
medicines abroad useful.
Avoiding health problems while
that, wherever you are in the world, you’re careful about what you eat and
drink. There are plenty of useful
tips on our website for avoiding health problems (such as stomach upsets,
diseases and infections) while you’re abroad.
planning your trip, don’t forget to take a look at this checklist
before you go.
You can find
loads of information on everything we’ve covered here (and more) on the travel
and cancer section of our website.
Or, you can call our free support line on 0808 808 0000 (Monday-Friday, 9am-8pm). Of course, you’re
more than welcome to leave any questions in the comments section below.
not be able to take a break from your treatment, or you simply might not feel
up to travelling. But if you do, we hope you have a wonderful, worry-free time
and that everything goes smoothly for you.
OKAY!!! thank you..
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