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Hello, just to add my experience which may put things in some context but doesn’t help get insurance if you have treatment planned. I had annual insurance for Europe and cruise with Boots after chemo, radio, big neck opp and ongoing IV  treatment with H and P. When I had to have gamma knife treatment on my brain Boots cancelled the insurance and told me I was uninsurable - they later agreed they were insensitive in the handling but would not budge. The other insurance companies I spoke to also would not insure me. After some pushing for information, I believe the situation is simply that they won’t insure you if you have upcoming treatment ( on going treatment including IV or planned checks like MRI seem fine) - in my case the gamma knife (even though there are no side effects and out same day) and will reassess in 6-8 weeks to see if they will insure me.  What the previous reply called wanting you to show you are ‘stable’. I presume premiums then will be high. Other companies may of course be different but I was getting a reasonably consistent message from the 3 or 4 I tried. My cynical view is that insurance companies who turn you down give you a list of other companies to contact just as a means of making themselves look helpful and passing the buck.  the ones I got from Boots all said the same.  I’m travelling to Europe with the EHIC in case I needed basic treatment but would not travel outside the EU without insurance.  I feel well and walked a lot on holiday but in January had to suddenly spend a week in hospital with sepsis when my picc line got ineffected so realise I have to be sensible. Good luck to everyone wanting to travel - especially for the hen night- and as someone reminded me there are wonderful places to see in the UK. Who knows, when I am considered ‘stable’ I may be able to go on adventures further afield  again. 

 

 

 

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Oh no, that’s such awful timing - mind you there’s no good timing for a secondary diagnosis.

A lot will depend on how you’re feeling with the chemo as to whether you feel up to your holidays, so be kind to yourself and make sure you look after No 1 as your main priority .

If you do want to travel you could use a single trip Eurotunnel policy for the hen party (assuming it’s not in Jamaica). Travelling across the Atlantic is much more difficult to get insurance for, due to the high health care charges both in USA and Caribbean (they are usually lumped together as a zone). I have used AXA PPP both recently and previously. It is an annual policy (and would therefore cover you also for the hen party trip if you were to do both). You would need to speak to them I think to clarify whether you are covered or not but I can’t see why not. Otherwise you will find many travel insurance companies will not insure secondary BC for USA etc except at an extortionate rate.

I hope you had travel insurance in place before your diagnosis for these 2 trips as you would be able to claim for them if you are not able to travel as your current diagnosis wasn’t in place.

Good luck

Nicky xx

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@helen44 wrote:

Bumping up for 1972Rach



Hi guys

i was diagnosed with secondary in bones and liver 3 weeks ago.  I am due to start with taxotere, herceptin and perjeta next Wednesday (17th April).  

I have 2 holidays booked, a hen weekend on 3rd may and Jamaica on 25th June for my friends wedding and I'm a bridesmaid.  Has anyone got insurance while still going through chemo and if so who with.  I really hope Iam able to attend, doctor has said probably not for hen weekend and will see for Jamaica, both depending how iam doing on the treatment.

its bad enough that I have to live with this disease I'm devastated I may miss my holidays and my friends wedding.

anyone got any advice

xx

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Hi guys

i was diagnosed with secondary in bones and liver 3 weeks ago.  I am due to start with taxotere, herceptin and perjeta next Wednesday (17th April).  

I have 2 holidays booked, a hen weekend on 3rd may and Jamaica on 25th June for my friends wedding and I'm a bridesmaid.  Has anyone got insurance while still going through chemo and if so who with.  I really hope Iam able to attend, doctor has said probably not for hen weekend and will see for Jamaica, both depending how iam doing on the treatment.

its bad enough that I have to live with this disease I'm devastated I may miss my holidays and my friends wedding.

anyone got any advice

xx

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Hi guys

i was diagnosed with secondary in bones and liver 3 weeks ago.  I am due to start with taxotere, herceptin and perjeta next Wednesday (17th April).  

I have 2 holidays booked, a hen weekend on 3rd may and Jamaica on 25th June for my friends wedding and I'm a bridesmaid.  Has anyone got insurance while still going through chemo and if so who with.  I really hope Iam able to attend, doctor has said probably not for hen weekend and will see for Jamaica, both depending how iam doing on the treatment.

its bad enough that I have to live with this disease I'm devastated I may miss my holidays.

anyone got any advice

xx

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Bumping up for 1972Rach

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Bumping up for Victoria sponge 

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Thanks Nicky that's helpful advice. I will crack on with phoning them, best to be sure now than finding out you are not covered. Not sure what they will think about clinical trials, no tick box for that!!

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Hi stillhere

I only wrote what I thought the amount for a European annual policy was so I may have got it completely wrong! If they have quoted under £80 and you have informed them of your mets then I'd say its correct.  Interestingly I read the policy booklet they send me yesterday (I hadnt got round to checking the specifics) and they do rely on you having an EHIC card for European medical care (if it's needed whilst away of course).  This is the same for Eurotunnel's Annual European Travel Insurance and they quote about the same amount, £80, (I had the policy last year before they removed travel to islands which I believe they did).  Btw I did check with AXA and their European cover does include islands and cruises but please check with them and not rely on my memory - too much chemo is not good for certain things!  Obviously none of us know exactly what will happen with the EHIC after Brexit but it sounds like a reciprocal agreement would be in place and as I (we) have taken out our policy before this happens I'm assuming the cover is still valid whatever happens after Brexit.

Btw Ndw32548 I don't know any specifics regarding brain mets but you may be able to try AXA.  However their clause about being 'terminal' means you are expected to live for a year after the start of your policy which would be difficult for many of us, and our oncologists, to work out! I have used them on the basis that my current treatment would be likely to ensure I am alive in a year and therefore I can use it to cover my travel immediately however I certainly wouldn't be using the policy towards the end of that 12 month period (of the policy) if my health had deteriorated. In fact I wouldn't be travelling at all.

Nicky x

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Hallo, this reply is to Nicky re AXA PPP. I went online to get a quote for a basic annual travel policy to Europe.It barely asked any questions about secondary breast cancer (it did acknowledge it in the quote) which came back at under £80. Surely this isn't right, it seems so low! I've been a bit cavalier about insurance on short trips to Europe but we have 2 planned this year so I have my sensible head on!

Could this be right? Yes, I will phone up but I hate talking about my health to a stranger.

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Hello.

I had annual travel insurance with Boots. They were competitive and quite helpful.  Unfortuately I have been diagnosed with 'tiny' brain tumours but very able to travel and clear from the neck down.  Boots have since refused to cover me after 6 months, though they will refund some of the premium.  Would suggest anyone getting annual cover checks what would cause them to cancel the insurance.  If anyone has cover for brain tunours please let me know as I'm now starting all over again which is very frustrating. Thanks.


@nicky08 wrote:

Hi buddyfan 

It used to be a ‘sticky’ thread but this tag got removed a few months ago. I agree it needs to be as it’s very useful to share with other secondary ladies.

I was going to add my latest info on it a few weeks ago but couldn’t be bothered to search for it in the new forum format as I was also having problems using the new format on my pc. However now the thread is on the first page I’ll add my info.

I have just got an annual policy from AXA PPP for £460. This covers both me and my husband and is a worldwide policy including USA. I have bone and liver mets although they don’t ask any questions at all. They do an annual European policy which I think is about £295 but I can’t remember exactly what the policy cost was.

Nicky x



@nicky08 wrote:

Hi buddyfan 

It used to be a ‘sticky’ thread but this tag got removed a few months ago. I agree it needs to be as it’s very useful to share with other secondary ladies.

I was going to add my latest info on it a few weeks ago but couldn’t be bothered to search for it in the new forum format as I was also having problems using the new format on my pc. However now the thread is on the first page I’ll add my info.

I have just got an annual policy from AXA PPP for £460. This covers both me and my husband and is a worldwide policy including USA. I have bone and liver mets although they don’t ask any questions at all. They do an annual European policy which I think is about £295 but I can’t remember exactly what the policy cost was.

Nicky x




 

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Hi buddyfan 

It used to be a ‘sticky’ thread but this tag got removed a few months ago. I agree it needs to be as it’s very useful to share with other secondary ladies.

I was going to add my latest info on it a few weeks ago but couldn’t be bothered to search for it in the new forum format as I was also having problems using the new format on my pc. However now the thread is on the first page I’ll add my info.

I have just got an annual policy from AXA PPP for £460. This covers both me and my husband and is a worldwide policy including USA. I have bone and liver mets although they don’t ask any questions at all. They do an annual European policy which I think is about £295 but I can’t remember exactly what the policy cost was.

Nicky x

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Please people are getting insurance and are off having fun. I got a quote from Saga and found them helpful and reasonable. I have secondaries x

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PS why isn't this thread pinned? Or is there a pinned thread.
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We're doing a two week cruise in caribbean. Best I found was Boots by phone not online. I have bone mets discovered pretty soon after starting treatment, husband has various typical ailments but not cancer or anything awful. They asked way more questions so I thought they'd turn us down. Other insurers were £1500, £1900 and others wouldn't insure us at all. Boots is £488 , so I asked about annual and get this, it was cheaper £400 for annual worldwide couple plus cruise add on. Excellent!
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Hi Helen, just to say I took a policy with MIA when I went to America, while I was there I fell and dislocated my finger, appreciate it wasn’t cancer related but found them really reasonably priced, competent and easy to deal with. The hospital initially said my bill was a lot less than it turned out to be due to a mix up with my paperwork but they settled without question. Would definitely use them again. Kate x

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Just read Kenzo's post about travel insurance and came across the same with Eurotunnel when I went to renew my annual policy on Monday. Basically they now only cover for mainland Europe, no islands (bit ironic - I live on an island!!). Pain in that we are going to Majorca in September but visit France a lot so I have renewed & taken a single trip for Majorca with MIA.
Happy holidays everyone x
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Thanks didi62, I did try to go through this site but it doesn't seem to be set up for secondary dx. We leave around 6am on Monday so don't really have time to call them. I finally found cover but they scorched me on the winter sports supplement! x
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Hi I used Insure Pink for cruise cover this year and got 2 weeks cover for £115 which I thought was reasonable.

Insure with and Boots are meant to be good too.hope you manage to get cover for your holiday best wishes Didi 

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Sorry if this duplicates my post but the first doesn't appear to have uploaded.

Can anyone recommend a travel insurance company? My husband and I have decided a last minute ski holiday flying on New Year's Eve to France. The best quote I have found is £466 - a bit of a hike since last year's £10.99!! Thanks J
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Hi imac55

Have seen your other thread - to be honest this one should be called the same - 'Travel insurance with secondaries' as it makes it clear the struggles us secondary ladies have with travel insurance and some of the very kind posts from primary ladies unfortunately do not apply to us as we can't get reasonable/any insurance from many of the companies that will insure them.

You mentioned Eurotunnel.  I would still give them a call and ask what they mean by 'terminal' in their policy wording.  I have asked on two separate occasions when I have taken insurance out with them to clarify and on both occasions have been told that it means there is no more treatment left and you have been TOLD you have weeks to live.  They do record their phone calls so also ask for the operators name and note the date and time of the call so it coud be checked if you do take a policy out and had to make a claim.  BTW I presume everyone has a terminal diagnosis the day they are born ;-) Being flippant here but until immortality is the norm I guess none of us can be insured.  Hope you are successful with getting insurance and do update this thread with any info that will help any of us.

Nicky x

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Can't help as looking for advice myself, but just wanted to wish you luck and hope you get insurance and enjoy Lake Garda, I hear its a wonderful place, and you deserve to be there! X
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This was really helpful. Wish I'd seen before writing my thread! Thanks Nicky!
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Hi Dora I went on a 2 week cruise in Europe this June and got insurance with Insure Pink.

It cost me £115.21.excess of £75 and medical excess of £200.I was pleased with the quote as expected much higher.I have never needed to claim on any holiday insurance thankfully.Hope you have a wonderful cruise- only way I like to holiday now.best wishes Didi 

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Hi

I know being insured for cruises can cause more expense, I assume because you are not on dry land and therefore there could be additional costs if you had to get back to shore quickly, however it could be worth contacting Boots if they gave that quote to Rosie53, as we all know very few companies insure people with SBC. What's so frustrating is that we wouldn't be going on these holidays if we felt unwell! I would love to know how many people with any form of secondary cancer have made a claim based purely on their cancer, I doubt if it would be many therefore we're penalised for having this condition, yet living for years with it and not making any claims. Grrrrr, the insurance industry needs to wake up. Rant over.

Nicky x

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Hi. The insurance I had was not worldwide and was for single trip. However the charges for insurancewith were extremely competitive. I like that they load the excess rather than the premium up front. At least you then only pay extra if you make a claim. Hope you find what you're looking for and that you have a fab holiday.
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Was your insurance £87 for world wide and for the year as I am going on a cruise and I need insurance?

 

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Hi Anniemay

Sorry to hear about your progression and the added frustration this causes, especially when planning to travel.

I have used Eurotunnel insurance for a few years now, both worldwide (when they used to offer that type of policy) and European travel.

Their criteria for cover for pre existing conditions is based on a few questions, the main one in your case would be the matter of stability. However I think they will cover you if your consultant/GP states that you are fit to travel. It might be worth giving them a call to see what they say? You can always read their T's and C's on their website to check what the criteria is. As they don't go through the whole medical questionnaire rigmarole you don't have to answer about your specific medical issues, just meet their criteria. If you meet their criteria their cover is considerably cheaper than other companies. Other than that you could try some of the other companies mentioned in the last few posts on here although probably pay a bit more for cover if they will insure you.

I have the double problem of chemotherapy induced cardio myopathy (now sorted through surgery) as well as having SBC so know how frustrating it is to get cover, let alone cover at a reasonable price. I have had Eurotunnel insurance for quite a few years now and have spoken to them to make sure I am covered before buying a policy.

Hope this helps and wishing you luck - with getting cover and also with your continuing treatment.

Nicky x

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I have posted previously on this thread and received good advice but my sbc has progressed further so here I am again. I have booked a weeks coach holiday to Lake Garda with my husband later this month and have ordinary annual travel insurance with our bank but this does not include cancer related problems which may or may not occur. I was diagnosed September 2015 with secondaries in my pleura, lung and bones and have been on different treatments since then. My CT scan in April showed progression to my liver, left axilla lymph nodes and uterus and started weekly Paclitaxol in May. I was also having pain in my right shoulder MRI in June showed deposits in my shoulder joint and referred to another consultant for radiotherapy. My recent CT scan at the end of July showed further progression in my liver, no evidence in the uterus and all other areas stable. The Paclitaxol was discontinued as a consequence of the liver progression and I received radiotherapy to my shoulder and T3 vertebra in the spine nearly 3 weeks ago. I will be seeing my oncologist on Thursday to discuss next chemo treatment probably Eribulin, she was aware when I saw her last month that we were planning a holiday prior to starting treatment again.

However I am a bit concerned that I have not got adequate insurance cover now, I have still got pain in my shoulder although not as bad as it was and I am on twice daily opiates to help with this and take short acting opiates for break through pain. I also have lymphodema of my right arm and wear a compression sleeve, also have some peripheral neuropathy especiallly in my right thumb from the se of Paclitaxol. I have also noticed that since the chemo was discontined I have have recently become SOB on excertion and plan to discuss this on Thursday, as I am not sure whether this is due to worsening of the pleural effusion that has always been evident on scans. We are not planning to walk for miles or climb any mountains when we are away.

Having said all that I feel fit enough to travel and everything else is functioning normally, well as normal as can be expected. Also at the moment apart from monthly Denusumab which is due next week and the regular opiates, I am not on any cancer treatments so what do you think of my chances of getting further cover to include my secondary diagnosis and related problems. Any suggestions or advice gratefully received. Ann xx

 

 

 

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Hi Everyone. Great to see all these replies. I have now found a company called insurewith. It was founded by a woman who had breast cancer back in 2007 (I think). I've just got a policy for £70.00 for 2 wk hol to Croatia, includes husband on policy. They ask diff questions from most and instead of loading policy premium up front they put an excess on me of £150 if I claim. I have bone Mets which they have covered and anything indirectly related. Hooray!!!!! Max 61 X.
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Hi Nicky, yes unfortunately it a bit of a long drawn out phone call and they did want lots of details but it wasn't too bad and I feel comfortable that they have all the right info about me and I'm happy with the price too.
Hugs Janette xx
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Ooo that's interesting! Did you have to go through the whole secondary BC rigmarole or did they just accept the fact you are fit to travel etc etc? It would be good to know another company will insure us for a reasonable premium. Thanks for the updates ladies.

Nicky x

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Hi Maggie, I've just done it over with Boots, £87 for annual cover worldwide, very happy with it that!
Before I got the annual quote I just asked for a single trip quote...... £92!!! Even the sales advisor was laughing at that!
Thank you for letting me know about them.
Hugs Janette xx
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I did it online and found it quite a simple process.

Good luck and let me know how you get on!

Maggie X

 

 

 

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Oh thank you for that Maggie, did you do it online or over the phone?
Janette xx
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Hi rosie53,

I got an annual policy recently from Boots, Worldwide including America, and with a cruise supplement,  for £143 which I thought was a fair price. 

Best wishes,

Maggie

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Hi ladies, does anyone know which insurance company covers America? I'm insured with Euro tunnel but they now only cover Europe, hoping to book New York for mine and hubby's 50th next year.
Hugs Janette xx
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"Insurance with" website and phoning them up after was brilliant, £32 for a week in Europe.

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A friend of mine with secondaries (bone) has got a good deal from nowicantravel.co.uk so they might be worth looking at.

Helen x

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Yep I will do x



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Hi

I was going to back Janette up and say Eurotunnel as they have always said yes to me and I have bone and liver mets. Their T's and C's haven't changed regarding pre existing conditions so I wonder why you weren't able to get cover?

I think the moneysavingexoert website might not show the companies that offer reasonable cover fir secondary BC? Many of the travel insurance companies will insure pre existing conditions, including primary BC, but then either won't cover SBC or charge incredibly high premiums.

BTW truffle shuff we are still in the EU so it won't make a difference plus Switzerland has never been in the EU but us listed as countries covered by European travel insurance.

Hope everyone gets insured at reasonable costs and please update any extra companies that will or won't cover SBC, this us such a useful thread.

Nicky x

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Hi Optomissy64. Many thanks for that. I will definitely check this out tomorrow. Will keep forum updated in how it goes. Maz61
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going to have a go tomorrow xx
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Maz 61 if you go on Moneysaving Expert there is a section on travel insurance and a sub-section for people with pre-exisiting conditions and you put your details in and a number of very reasonable quotes come up. I've renewed my travel ins using one of these.

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Hi All,

My previous post mentioned I'd been told yes to cover by Eurotunnel, which I was excited about. However, on ringing back a week ago the person I spoke to said no this was not the case! So back to square one. I agree with many of the comments posted - what is wrong with these companies? They certainly do need educating. I'm now on the trail of finding​another insurer and will try those already mentioned. Maz61
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Sorry I meant Euro tunnel xx
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Hi Truffle, have you tried Euro travel? I've always gone with them, they don't ask loads of questions just want to know that your doctor says you are fit to travel and that you have not been told that you are terminal (6 months)
Good luck.
Hugs Janette xx
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 hi ,

  Can anyone advise me , I am trying to get travel insurance for june to switszerland. I have mets to liver brain and bone , . Doc says I am fit to travel , but tried 7 firms this mornin from the list provided on web sire for secondary breast  and no one will insure me. One quote was for over one thousand , others wont give me quotes . 

 I am very upset , do you rhink its because we are not in EU now . 

 

 can anyone help  , I do want to go away , may be my las year of hrealth xx

 

thank you   

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Hi Didi62. I have been speaking to the big players re insurance, it seems they are the ones who refuse. I too feared a massive premium but would be happy with £115.21. Have a fab holiday, not too long to wait. Thank you to all the responses this has really helped. Maz61 x