Getting travel insurance can be difficult if you have cancer. It can also be difficult if you have had cancer in the past. It is best to look for travel insurance as early as possible before you travel. You should try to look for insurance before booking a trip.
Travel insurance can be more expensive depending on where you are going. The USA and countries in the Caribbean typically cost the most. Certain types of holiday, such as cruises, can also be more expensive.
Before booking a trip, you should discuss your plans with your healthcare team. They can advise you on whether it would be safe to travel. Your oncology team or GP may be able to write a letter saying you are fit to travel, which could help you to get insurance. They may be more likely to write this letter if you had cancer treatment more than one year ago.
If you had cancer treatment in the last year that only aimed to relieve the symptoms of cancer (palliative treatment), it may be more difficult to get travel insurance. If you had treatment in the last year that aimed to cure the cancer, getting travel insurance may be easier than if the treatment was palliative. These are very general guides. Travel insurance providers should look at your individual situation.
The rest of this information gives more details about how travel insurance works and how to find cover.