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Help with travel expenses for treatment abroad

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Hope you are well.

My husband has brain cancer and after exhausting radiation and chemo options here in the UK we are now travelling to America monthly for a new unlicensed drug via a compassionate access protocol.

The drug is free however monthly transatlantic flights are very costly.  Does anyone know of any charities or otherwise that would help us with flight costs?

thanks in advance,


Julia - Macmillan
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Hello Katie


Sorry to hear about your situation but hope that the treatment in the USA will make a difference for your husband. Sadly, Macmillan would not be able to offer any funding or grant for this reason, but maybe some of the following will help?


If a hospital in the UK has recommended the treatment in the USA, they can sometimes offer help towards the travel costs. However, if this is something you would be undertaking under your own steam without the support of the UK hospital, you would need to self-fund the flights.


There may be some support available from other sources which might be worth looking into?


The Brain Tumour Research Charity has information relating to new treatment options so contacting them could be a good idea. Here is a link to their website.


It would also be worth checking if the drugs company can help with travel costs if you haven’t done so already.


Some of the hospitals in the US are run by charitable organisations and if the treatment your husband is proposing is in such a hospital, they may be able to help with financial aspects as well.


Your local Clinical Commissioning Group, which you search for here, may also have further advice for you.


You may find travel insurance is also an issue because your husband would be travelling for medical reasons. Insurers offering standard travel insurance may decline to cover him for this reason so you may need specialist cover. I can see that you’ve already posted in our Travel Insurance group about this to see what others might have done in similar circumstances, so hopefully someone may be able to suggest a broker or insurance company to try.


Please feel free to call us on the support line if you wish to discuss this further. The Financial Guides are here 8am to 6pm Monday to Friday, or if you want to discuss the medical aspects, our nurses are available 8am to 8pm every day.


I wish you both all the best. Do stay in touch if there is anything else we can help with.




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