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Travelling and Medical Care

If you have medical problems related to living with cancer here are some suggestions to bear in mind.

  • If you are planning to travel by air, airlines will have their own regulations as to when they are able to accept someone for travel after say, surgery or following a period of anaemia – post chemotherapy. You can contact their medical department and let them know if you you require any special facilities (such as wheelchairs).
  • If you require oxygen for the flight, contact the airline well in advance to ensure that this can be supplied. Most airlines will make a charge for this.
  • Consider DVT (deep vein thrombosis) prevention with your treating doctor or nurse specialist. You may be advised to wear flight socks/take aspirin for the flight.
  • It can be helpful to obtain a typed medical report detailing information about your diagnosis and your specific treatment to take with you. So that if you do become ill the doctor attending you overseas can understand your situation.

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