If you have bucket list, most probably several points are dedicated to traveling. Even if you do not have the list, in your mind you are planning to do so. And when being diagnosed with cancer, first thought is that your whole life will be changed then. But do not hurry. Of course a lot of changes will come into your life but there is no need to give up your dreams. While planning to travel, there are some risks to consider beforehand to be on the safe side. Depending on the type of cancer you have and the treatment you are receiving, you may well be able to travel abroad with no problems at all. But there are certain things you need to think about before you book a trip away, even if you feel well.
Risk of Infection
It very depends whether you are getting chemotherapy, radiation or integrative cancer treatment. If receiving chemotherapy, there is a significantly higher risk of infection. For some people the risk of infection may be so high that their doctor will recommend avoiding travel while receiving chemotherapy. So it’s critical to check with your doctor before making any decision. You should know any necessary precautions in order to travel safe and avoid getting sick. Depending on the destination you are planning to travel, you may need vaccinations. These are necessary because while getting treatment, your immune system is getting week and your body is very sentient. Besides, getting cancer treatment limits the effectiveness of vaccinations received. While closely working with your doctor, you will determine whether to take the trip know or wait until you are recovered and can accomplish the trip successfully.
Restrictions on Flying
If you have cancer, but you are planning to travel by air as you feel well, it’s necessary to consult with your doctor. Taking into account oxygen levels and changes in air pressure at high altitudes, some people with cancer may not be permitted to fly. Also, air travel is not recommended for 10 days after surgery for the same reasons. If you have consulted and your doctor is happy for you to fly, then plan your flight carefully. Make sure you have plenty of time to organize everything properly. Talk to your airline. Many airlines have special services that provide assistant or extra facilities if you are in need of. They can organize what you need, such as an in-flight oxygen supply, early boarding and help with your bags or getting you to your departure gate. Also do not forget to take a record from your clinic so that you can take necessary medication with you to the board.
Risk of Blood Clots
The risk of blood clots, also called thrombosis, is potentially life-threatening particularly for those with cancer. Taking this risk into account they shouldn’t be sitting still for long periods of time, so it's reasonable to avoid extended trips. Instead maybe you can find an alternative and enjoy your leisure.
Lack of Energy
When being treated either by chemotherapy, radiation or taking alternative treatment, you will feel fatigue and lack of energy. This can limit your ability to travel. If you want to celebrate the end of your treatment, it's better to delay it until your energy level is back and you can fully enjoy your trip.
Special Care of Medications and Special Health Care
There is huge variety of medication for cancer and you may have a combination of medications you need to take for your condition. Although they can be prescribed to treat cancer, some medications known as ‘controlled drugs’ are subject to extra legislation. Strong painkillers are controlled drugs and you may need to take proof of your prescription and condition with you. Learn about limits to the amount of controlled drugs you can take into certain countries without an export license. Controlled drugs should be carried in hand luggage, in their original packaging alongside your doctor’s letter. No matter what kind of cancer medication you take, we highly recommend taking two copies of a letter from your doctor about your condition, your prescribed medication and doses with you on your trip, as well as local emergency contact numbers. These will come in useful if you lose any of your medication or if you need to see a doctor while you’re away.
So being diagnosed with cancer is not a big deal for travelling if you are aware of the risks and take your time ahead to plan the trip. Be informed аnd enjoy your time.