How cancer can affect travel
Cancer is not a single disease with a single cause and a single type of treatment. If you or someone close to you has only recently been diagnosed with cancer, you may still be coming to terms with this and learning more about the condition.
There are more than 200 different types of cancer, each with its own name and treatment. There is more information in our About cancer section.
Cancer and its treatments can have specific physical effects that may limit your ability to travel.
lung cancer can cause a cough or breathlessness
a cancer that’s spread into the lymph glands may cause parts of the body to swell up, by blocking the flow of lymph fluid (this is known as lymphoedema)
cancer in a bone may make the bone weak and increase the chance of it breaking (a fracture).
It’s important to speak to your doctor before you make any plans. They can tell whether your cancer or its treatment could make travelling unsafe and what precautions you may need to take if you do travel.