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Travel insurance

A blog about getting travel insurance when you're affected by cancer. Mainly written and updated by Debbie and Graham from Macmillan's information team – but anyone can contribute.

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Planning for the summer

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You might not know it from the weather, but spring officially begins today.

It’s a time of year when many of us start looking ahead to the summer. And, if you’re like me, you may be starting to daydream about holidays. 

The daydreaming side of things is great. Unfortunately, there are also those annoying practical issues that we all need to think about before the bag-packing can commence.

At Macmillan, all the evidence – from your phone calls, posts on the Online Community, and search requests on our website – suggests that getting travel insurance is the single issue that causes you the most trouble when you try to organise trips abroad. With this in mind, we’ve set up this new blog.

Here are our main aims for the blog:

  • Keeping in touch with you about your experiences of getting travel insurance. How have you found the service from particular companies? If you’ve had any good or bad experiences, we want to hear about them. We can even broadcast your thoughts through this blog if you’d like. And we’ll definitely take them into account when we update our information booklet getting travel insurance this summer.


  • Sharing any relevant news about travel insurance. I’ll be on the lookout for anything that might be of interest and will keep you updated. This might be about anything from new travel insurance services, to campaigns or changes in the laws that could have an impact on how easy it is to get travel insurance. 
  • Giving you information about what other charities are doing. For example, Cancer Research UK has a list of travel insurance companies that may be able to provide travel insurance for people affected by cancer (as we do). I’ll be searching for tools like this that could be helpful.


Lots of you have posted about travel insurance on the Online Community. So you probably know about all the issues that can make it more difficult to get travel insurance when you have, or have had, cancer. Getting cover can be particularly difficult if you’re going through treatment, or if you are terminally ill. If you need any more information about these issues, our online travel insurance information gives more details.

What would you like to see on this blog? What would be helpful? It would be fantastic to hear your thoughts, so please do feel free to comment below or send me a private message!

  • DearGraham   Please see my post on travel insurance...   best wishes   Tony
  • Hi, Graham Just posted in Lung cancer group about Swiss Assist, worth a look? Kate
  • Hi Tony and Kate, thanks very much for reading my blog and for letting me know about your posts. Both of these threads are really useful! We're getting ready to update our travel insurance booklet/web page quite soon, so what you've written in these threads is definitely the kind of thing that will help us update the information. Tony, quite a few people we've heard from seem to have good things to say about InsuranceWith, I'm glad you found them helpful too. Kate, I've just posted on your thread about Swiss Assist - very glad they could help you. Graham 
  • Hi Graham,   looking forward to the list of helpful insurance companies - i struggled to get insurance for skiing (i am well enough to need insurance to cover off-piste, touring, ice climbing etc, but the insurance companies implied I was too ill....) so i hope i will have more luck by the summer (again "extreme" sports cover required) On a separate note, i have just been rejected by a couple of car insurance companies. Once you have cracked travel insurance, could you tackle this one for us?? (or point me in the right direction if you have already compiled a list!) Thanks! Liz 
  • as an nhl patient southdowns was streets ahead on cost and the cover was basic acceptable as are most of the policies also for those planning more than one break its worth comparing an annual policy cost verses the single policy again it can vary a lot with no one simple solution. also an campaigning to get insurers to cover the individual rather than force them into the boxes that are needed as some of us suffer due to long term side effects of chemo but the issues are not always as severe as the problem they force you to declare. Happy to share more about this via email if it helps.