TRAVEL INSURANCE For Cancer and other medical problems

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My husband has recently been diagnosed with Lung Cancer not because he had any symptoms but from incidental findings.  I want to know if anyone can recommend a Company whom they have used to obtain travel insurance.

  • Hi  and welcome to the Community but sorry to hear about your husband, you may want to check out our dedicated Lung Cancer support group for support.

    A holiday sounds amazing but as you may be experiencing getting affordable Travel Insurance can be a challenge and at times the price quoted could be higher than the cost of the holiday and some people do find that no Insurance is being offered.

    I had to be 2 years in remission and not on any cancer related treatment for my type of incurable blood cancer before I could get any price but these decisions are often all down to cancer types, treatment, prognosis and the resulting risk factor put on by the insurers risk assessment - I am very open to serious infections due to a reduced immune system so this is seen as a high risk factor for insurers.

    Comparison sites tend to use the same algorithms so getting a clear price can be difficult and it’s not that unusual to be turned down or told to call the insurers. 

    It is actually more effective to call a few insurers directly as this means that you have answered all the questions correctly and in doing this a suitable policy can be offered and price given.

    Full disclosure is always advisable as in the event of you developing any issues this can reduce the risk of an insurance companies wriggling out from paying out.

    As a Macmillan Volunteer I am not allowed to recommend any companies but do have a look through this > recommended travel insurance discussion thread (do go to the bottom of the thread and hit the >> to take you to the newest posts) in our Travel insurance group as it's where the majority of recommendations from other forum members are.

    You can also look through all the individual members of posts in the group as well.

    I do hope you can get cover.

    Mike (Thehighlander)

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  • Thank you so much for your email. My Husband as Non small cell Lung Cancer and he all suffers with peripheral Vascular disease in his legs. We recently saw a Vascular surgeon who told us he could have a bypass in his legs, however during a scan to check for relevant veins he found the mass and within two days we were been seen by Respiratory. I am expecting to pay quite a bit but I wouldn't sooner be covered than have something develop whilst on holiday.

    I thank you so much for you kind words and hopefully you will have beaten your cancer.

  • Hi again  I will never beat my rare blood cancer as it's incurable but I am over 25 years on from my first diagnosis and keeping ahead of the beast.

    I wish you and your husband all the best.

    Mike (Thehighlander)

    It always seems impossible until its done - Nelson Mandela

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