Can You Get Travel Insurance with Cancer?
Many travel insurance providers can be reluctant to cover cancer patients and other people with a pre-existing medical condition. As part of the medical screening, we will ask you the cancer diagnosis, what stage it is at, the grade of the illness, and your prognosis. We can then offer you cover for your travel insurance.
Cancer travel insurance from AllClear will cover you:
- For cancer at any stage
- To use an English speaking 24 hour emergency medical assistance line from abroad
- To claim for any unplanned medical treatment and repatriation
We cover cancer at all stages
We’re able to cover all stages of cancer and as you answer the questions throughout the screening process, we will gather all the information needed to offer a quote for your specific circumstances.
Types of Cancer We Can Cover
When you come to get a quote you’ll be asked questions about your medical conditions. This will be where you’ll declare your cancer. We are able to offer cover for many types of cancer including breast cancer, prostate cancer, lymphoma, lung cancer, bowel cancer and many more.
The Key Benefits You Can Get
- Medical expenses covered up to £15,000,000.
- Cancellation and Curtailment covered up to £5,000.
- Personal Belongings covered up to £3,000.
- All ages. All medical conditions. All destinations.
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The stress of having cancer is bad enough, trying to get travel insurance is an unenviable experience. But with AllClear Travel it was brilliant.
I tried many companies who said “Sure we can” and the like, which is absolutely a lie. ONLY AllClear would insure me, and they were so kind about everything.
This is my second year of booking with them. My documents arrived within 24 hours of taking out the policy.
Highly recommended and I have told all my friends and also patients I have met at McMillan functions. Thank you so much for all the kindness given to me.
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Travel Insurance for Your Type of Cancer
What if you’re in remission from cancer?
If you’re in remission you will still need to declare this as part of your policy. This is to ensure you’re fully covered should you fall ill or need to cancel, as a result of the cancer returning.
What if your condition is terminal?
We are still able to cover terminal conditions. These cancers are looked at on a case by case basis and if your condition is terminal, please call 01708 339029.
What if your condition is undiagnosed?
If you are in the middle of a diagnosis or your doctor is in the process of finding out whether your cancer has spread, we will not be able to offer cover during this period. This is because we cannot cover undiagnosed conditions.
Once you have been diagnosed whether the cancer has spread or not, in most cases we will then be able to offer a quote.
Annual multi-trip or single trip?
An annual multi-trip policy allows you to travel multiple times within a year. The maximum duration of these trips varies between policies. However, it is usually between 31 to 45 days.
If you need a longer trip duration or, if you only plan on travelling once in the year, then a single trip travel insurance policy may be right for you.
What will affect the price of your policy?
We calculate the premiums you’re displayed using multiple factors. These include age, trip duration, destination and pre-existing medical conditions.
Cancer Travel Tips
Whether you currently have cancer and are undergoing treatment or are in remission, a holiday can be a great way to relax and take your mind off of things during these times. Read more for our top tips on travelling with cancer.
Talk to a medical professional
- Speaking to your doctor or specialist before you plan your trip is a good idea. Especially if you are travelling with cancer. Your doctor may be able to suggest destinations as well as a good time to travel. This way you’re able to fully enjoy your trip and can travel with peace of mind.
- It’s a good idea to start planning your trip at least 4-6 weeks before you travel when travelling with cancer. This way you have more time to organise what you want to take with you! This includes any medical necessities and things which could help you in case of an emergency.
Choosing your destination
- When choosing your destination it’s a good idea to think about the length of your journey and how far you’re willing to travel and for what length of time. Travelling long haul can be exhausting for those without any medical conditions so it’s important not to overexert yourself.
The best time to travel
- It may be necessary to plan your travels around your cancer treatments. Your doctor will be able to advise you on the possibility of moving treatments and when you should expect to feel well enough to go.
- Flying shouldn’t be an issue if your doctor has declared you well enough to travel. However, there may be a few things you’ll want to do for your own comfort. For example, booking priority boarding can sometimes be a good idea. This is because you’ll be able to board the plane early to avoid the rest of the crowd. Furthermore, you may want to think about extra legroom and an aisle seat. This way you can ensure you’re as comfortable as possible throughout your journey.
- Some vaccinations required for certain countries contain live vaccines. So people with a weakened immune system should look to avoid these! Therefore, speak to your doctor or GP and they will advise you on what’s safe for you to have.
- If you are taking prescribed medication for your cancer and need to travel with it, you should plan how much you will need to take with you and always try to bring extra. If you misplace or damage your medication, then this will help. You may also want to keep your medication in its original packaging in case you do need more supplies; the medical name for medications is usually the same in different countries. This also avoids any confusion at the airport if your medication was in your own container.
Take care and enjoy yourself when travelling with cancer
- Taking the necessary precautions and being organised before you travel can ensure you’re able to fully enjoy your time away.
- Stick to bottled water! In order to reduce the risk of local water making you poorly, stick to bottled water while abroad. And always remember to drink a lot throughout the day to ensure you stay fully hydrated.
- If you’ve recently had chemotherapy or radiotherapy, you may be extra sensitive to the climate change. So make sure you take extra care in the sun! You might want to use an SPF of 30+ and avoid the sun throughout its hottest period between 11am and 3pm.
- We hope you’ve found our cancer travel tips helpful and that you enjoy your holiday!
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NHS Inform: How cancer treatment may affect your travels
Macmillan Cancer Support: How cancer can affect travel