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2 days ago my dad was diagnosed with rectum cancer that spread to liver and bladder. I am thinking to bring him to uk for his treatments as now he is in Poland. Where should I start please? Where to go.. I would like to increase his chances to maximum...

Thank you...

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Hi Goodtoknow,

Thank you for contacting us, and welcome to our online community. I am sorry to hear about your dad’s diagnosis and understand that you want the best treatment for him.

Generally, healthcare is free for British residents, including for EU citizens living in Britain with the right to reside. This includes close relatives of a person with the right to reside, i.e. dependant parents. However, they might need to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme.

If you plan an extended or permanent stay for your Dad, the first step could be to register him with a GP in the area where he intends to live or stay. This might need to be a temporary registration to begin with until he has moved. You can find more information from Citizens advice. It might be helpful for your Dad to get a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC). I must add, that any agreements Britain has with other EU countries may not be valid after Brexit anymore.

You can get more information from NHS England.

You can consider getting a second opinion with a private consultant for you Dad in the UK. This way you can get confirmation that any treatment offered in the UK is the same as he would receive in Poland. It is helpful to have results and clinical reports translated into English before he is seen by a team in the UK.  

I hope this information is useful. You might find it helpful to speak to one of our specialist nurses on our support line. We are available from 8am to 8pm 7 days a week on 0808 808 0000.

Best Wishes

(Cancer Information Nurse Specialist)
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Hi Annerose,

Thank you so much for such a detailed reply. It is very helpful.

Thank you xxxxxxx