Cancer or cancer treatment may make travelling more difficult. There are some things you will need to think about before you travel.

About travel and cancer

Many people who have cancer are able to travel without problems. But for other people, cancer or its treatment may make travelling more difficult.

How cancer affects your travels will depend on a number of factors. These include the type of cancer you have and how it is being treated.

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Things to consider before you travel

Some people with cancer may be advised not to travel by air for particular reasons.

Having cancer can also increase your risk of a blood clot (sometimes called a deep vein thrombosis or DVT). Travelling, especially flying, also increases the risk of developing a blood clot. Your increase in risk may be linked with the type of cancer you have. Some cancers have a higher risk than others.

Planning ahead before you travel

Planning ahead can help you to avoid many problems. You should tell your travel company before you book your trip about any needs you have. This will help make sure the right support will be available.

It is important to speak to your doctor or specialist nurse before you make any plans.

They can give you advice about:

  • whether it is safe for you to travel
  • vaccinations
  • taking medicines abroad
  • any issues you need to think about because of the cancer type, treatment or side effects.

They will tell you how you need to prepare if you do travel and what precautions to take. We also have a checklist of things you might want to think about before you travel.

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