During and after cancer treatment, it‘s very important to protect your skin from the sun.
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If you become ill while staying in a hotel, ask the receptionist to call a doctor. If you need urgent attention, contact the emergency services or visit the emergency department of the nearest hospital. If you have time, try to seek help and advice from a doctor or nurse who speaks the same language as you – the Foreign and Commonwealth Office may be able to help.
Keep the names and addresses of friends and relatives with your passport so that British Consular officials can contact them if their help is needed. It is important to keep these details up to date for each time you travel.
If you need to return to the UK quickly, you should also contact British Consular officials (see the Foreign and Commonwealth Office website for details). They can usually arrange this for you, but you may need to pay the costs.
Wherever you are in the world, be careful about what you eat and drink.
Many infectious diseases are spread by contaminated food and water. This includes water in swimming pools, lakes, rivers and the sea, so try not to swallow water when you’re swimming.
In some countries, diseases can be spread by insects and ticks. Always use insect repellent (preferably containing DEET – diethyl-m-toluamide), and cover your arms and legs with appropriate clothing (especially if you’re walking in grassy or wooded areas).
Animal bites can lead to dangerous infections. It’s important to be careful, even with animals that seem tame. The animals in many regions, including most of Europe and North America, can carry rabies. If you are bitten, clean the wound carefully with soap and water, apply an antiseptic if you can and see a doctor immediately.
There may be more to consider if you have cancer and are planning a trip. Take our booklets or audio CDs with you for advice and support.
Cancer treatments can affect people differently. Read about how to cope with possible side effects to help you enjoy your break.
If you’re feeling up to some physical activity, walking can really help you to feel better. Meet people, get active and find motivation by organising your walk.
What's happening near you? Find out about support groups, where to get information and how to get involved with Macmillan where you are.
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