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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
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Hi Nicky. Sorry for late reply hadn't realised I needed to click box to be notified of a response! Thanks for your feedback. They were really helpful when I spoke with them. Will check re companion. Maz61 x
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Hi,  Sorry for late response, I thought I'd get a notification that answers had come through.  Realised I had not clicked for that to happen!  Many thanks for that info.  I will contact All Clear for a quote before making a decision.  Hope you enjoy your second snowboarding trip.  All the best.  Maz61.

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I have just managed to get 14 night cruise travel insurance to Europe with insure pink.i have liver secondary's since may 2016.it cost me £115.21 .i was very pleased with the quote as I feared it would be much higher.so my holiday is booked for June and I can't wait.didi x
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Hi Maz61

I have used Eurotunnel on a number of occasions including when they used to have an annual worldwide policy. If you read their policy documents online before buying a policy you will see the criteria for travel with pre existing conditions. Unlike most (all?) other travel insurance companies they don't penalise you with a high premium for having SBC, your pre existing condition could be just high BP or something else.

I have never had to make a claim through them, or any other company I have used, so can't vouch for that side of things. I think their single trip European policy is only about £7.45, check if you should insure your travelling companion/s as well ( I think one companion may be included on your policy) as they should be insured on the same policy in case everyone travelling with you had to come back early etc.

Nicky x

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Hi Maz61, I have recently been diagnosed with Secondary Breast cancer in the Bone and needed insurance cover for snowboarding in January and Italy in April. I managed to get cover with a company called All Clear, they have a live chat where you can ask questions about you condition but most of the time they tell you not to press yes to your condition being terminal. I paid around #99 including winter sports cover....Worth a shot, you might have to speak to them in person about your condition but when I've spoken to them about mine they've advised they'll cover.....Good Luck

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Hi,

 

I have just joined the forum and have a diagnosis of secondary breast cancer in the bone (sternum/3rd rib)  Sorry this is not a direct response to your post but I am trying to find travel insurance for a trip to Croatia later this year.  So far 3 companies have refused to cover me.  I then noticed a lot of comments about Eurotunnel Insurance.  I have spoken with them and they say I would come under their Fit to Travel Policy.  Does anyone have experience of this company in reference to insurance and claims.  After a day of refusals I could have cried when they said yes, but it seems to good to be true! ........Maz61

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Hi, I have just got an annual travel policy through Tesco Bank for just £91.27. I have Secondary breast cancer in the bone and due to the chemo meds I'm on I  also have diabetes type 2.

This is for worldwide excluding USA and Canada. 

They have stated that I am not covered for these medical conditions. 

Not sure if this is of use to any one, just thought I'd put it on in case. 

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Hi Icedtea,

I'm not on Kadcyla but I recently got an annual worldwide policy from Boots, covering my lung mets diagnosed at the end of October 2016. The cost was £140 which included the cruise supplement.

Maybe worth a try?

MaggieMac X

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Have a read back over the last few posts, they will be more up to date than the old ones.

When it comes to secondaries a lot of insurance companies either refuse to quote/offer cover or charge huge premiums.

The ones I've used for Europe are Eurotunnel - last time I used them they were very reasonable, will cover annually and single trip and don't ask any medical questions (which takes forever!). You just have to meet their travel criteria which you can read in their Ts and Cs online. I have used AXA PPP, as I've said on here, for worldwide travel and again they are reasonable and don't ask all those probing medical questions- just be fit to travel etc. Other than that MIA come up quite regularly for European travel but don't cover further afield.

Hope this helps.

Nicky x

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Hello, this is my first post. I am on Kadcyla because of skin mets. Bones clear, CT clear. I have been trying to get travel insurance quotes but most companies run scared when they hear I have my chemo iv every 3 weeks. It's crazy really cause I am so well in myself and would like to travel a bit in Europe. Anyone out there on Kadcyla give me some advice? Thank you
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Yes they said fully insured very strange isn't it, it so wrong you would think they would want us to go on holiday and enjoy ourselves but seem to want to make it harder

Hope you get insurance soon

Karen xxx
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Try MIA Ann. I have bone and liver mets and they insured me for a single trip to France and Netherlands -it wasn't the cheapest, £136 for a week, however I felt that they knew all about me and I was happy with the cover. They are a specialist medical travel insurance company. Good luck.
Helen x
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I am really pleased that you have been able to get insured for your trip to Greece and hope you have a lovely time. Does the policy include medical expenses or cancellation that may be related to cancer or is this excluded? As after I went through all the relevant questions with the person at Insurancewith regarding my condition,I was told they could not insure me. I am assuming that they are questions all people are asked with secondary breast cancer, so I can't understand why I am not able to get insurance. Ann

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Hi everyone

I have just booked a week in Greece in October got insuranced with insurancewith for £38 were very friendly x helpful

Karen xx
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Thank you I will give them a call. Ann

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Hi, I have secondary breast cancer in liver, lungs and sternum - got a reasonable quote for travel insurance for Palma from http://www.nowicantravel.co.uk (less than £50). Hope this helps. Smiley Happy

 

 

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Just tried to get travel insurance,for a coach trip to Spain, went back to Insurancewith as they covered me earlier this year for trips in UK. Nothing has changed in relation to my disease and treatments but they would not insure me this time probably because I'm going to Spain. 😨 I have got travel insurance with my bank but they also will not cover the cancer. Ann 

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I agree also with Nicky and Janette.  However just wanted to say thanks for reminder about AXAPPP from Nicky.  I am filling up the school hols with some longer haul trips so will call tomorrow and see if I can get a worldwide annual policy.

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I agree Janette, I have always been told exactly the same as you have been by Eurotunnel so I'm not sure why the advisor told Anniemay something different. However we should go with what we are told and I'm glad she got insurance at a reasonable price. With regards to what I have previously written about worldwide insurance you can definitely be insured by AXAPPP for an annual worldwide policy which has the same criteria as the Eurotunnel one had/has.  ie fit to travel, not been told it's terminal, not going abroad for treatment and condition is stable. I was misquoted for the premium due to a mix up about belonging to the forces (who get a discount) but I now have a policy for £350, worldwide and annual. Which is great as, after my good scan results, I can now join the other members of my family when they travel to New York for my brothers wedding next month 😊

Nicky x

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Hi annemay, sorry to hear about your insurance problems, don't really understand it?  I am insured with Eurotunnel, I'm going to Cyprus in sept and gran canaria at Christmas. I spoke to an adviser at Eurotunnel and told them all details about my condition  (mets in hips ribs and spine) all they wanted to know is that my condition is not terminal. I said it is a life limiting illness with no cure but as yet my oncologist has not said I am terminal as yet and they were happy to go ahead with the policy so long as my oncologist says I am fit to travel. 

It's a bit of a nightmare for us travel insurance isn't it, a good friend of mine who has secondaries in her liver  (she has had them for years!) doesn't even bother with insurance anymore!  She had travelled to Australia, American and Europe without any......not sure I could do that! But she refuses to let the illness stop her from seeing the world! 

Hugs Janette xxxx 

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Hi, I used insurewith and a week in Cyprus was about £44 that's with lets in spine, liver and lung. Other insurers hundreds more.

Enjoy your trips x
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Useful to know Anneemay thanks you for all the information. We are going abroad later this year and I intend to get a letter from my onc saying that I am stable and she is happy for me to travel. Hopefully I ended it but I feel it gives me z bit of extra backup should I need to make a claim.
Keeping my fingers crossed we stay in the EU after the vote next week as without European healthcare I think it's going to make insurance a lot more difficult to find for us. Xxx
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Insurewith autocorrect kicked in
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Unsurewith are very good with secondaries
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Further to my previous post I contacted Eurotunnel insurance the next day with a view to taking up the annual insurance with them, however when I told the advisor I had secondary bc she informed me that I would not be covered for claims relating either directly or indirectly to the cancer. I did not actually clarify the fact with her but I am assuming that if I had to cancel a holiday due to becoming unwell due to my cancer , I would not be able to claim for cancellation. I decided that this policy was not for me as although I am stable and feeling well enough to travel now, who knows how this beast of a disease will come back and bite me when I least expect it and I needed an insurance policy to cover me for this eventuality. 

Looking through the forum again, Insurancewith.com had been recommended by members so I completed the online indepth medical questions to obtain a quote, only to be advised at the end to contact them to speak to a customer advisor. Which I did the next day and spoke to a very helpful advisor. After looking through my online questions she informed me that they would not be able to insure me on an annual policy but could offer me a single trip policy and my breast cancer would be covered. We are only travelling in the UK at the moment so obviously any medical problems I might have will be treated by the NHS, which lowered my medical insurance risk.

I was quoted £8.67 for a 8 day holiday on their Emerald policy without cancellation cover as we are going later this week and £7.77 on their Sapphire policy with £3000 cancellation cover for a 5 day trip next month both policies had £75 excess. I know that it is not as convienient as a annual policy but if it gives me peace of mind that I am covered with regards to the bc, I will just go along with it. 

We are planning to go abroad later this year providing I stay well, so it will be interesting to know how much they will quote me for that holiday. I will keep you posted!!!! Ann xx

 

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Thank you for your quick response, the adviser I spoke to was not forth coming with the definition of terminal even though I laboured the point with her for some time, so I was reluctant to take the policy. I looked at their policy conditions on line and it did not really clarify the definition of terminal there either, however looking at the forum it seems that members like you have gone with it and others have had no problems, so I think I will take the plunge. Ann xx

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I agree with mint tea. I had an annual (worldwide) policy with them last year and had it confirmed by the sales advisor I spoke to that their definition of terminal means you have been told you will die in the next few months and there is no further treatment available to you. Unfortunately they now have dropped the worldwide policy so I have had to go elsewhere this year as I'm hoping to travel to USA for my brother's wedding. Otherwise I would have stuck with Eurotunnel for annual (European) insurance as I think they have a very good policy and are taking a good stance with the whole secondary BC (and other pre existing conditions) not being penalised with outrageous premiums.

Nicky x

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Anneemay

 

I took out an annual policy with them just last week.  I specifically asked them how they defined terminal and was told "you've been advised you have less than 6 months".  I am comfortable with that, I know if needed for a claim my Onc would do a letter to confirm I am stable and he was happy for me to travel etc.

 

hope that helps!

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I have just contacted Eurotunnel to possibly take out individual annual travel insurance with them and I got stumped when she asked me whether I had a terminal diagnosis. I did not know what to say for although I know that I can not be cured, so I am terminal in that respect, I am being treated and at the moment stable.

My GP would more than likely give me a letter saying that I am fit to travel and can not for see any problems relating to the cancer in the immediate future but who knows what's around the corner. My concern is whether I will be covered with their policy or will they try to wiggle out of any possible claim using the "terminal" diagnosis. Any thoughts on this will be appreciated. Ann xx

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Thanks for the advice lovely ladies. I'm going to Spain and have my EHIC card. Seeing onc tomorrow for results of scan fingers crossed it's not what I fear but if it is I will ask if she can do me a letter for the insurers.

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To add to what Nicky has said. It may be worth getting a letter from your oncologist saying, regardless of the test results, that s/he doesn't expect you to require any treatment while you are away. That might be enough to cover your back with someone like Eurotunnel.

I hope you find something xxx

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Sorry you are in that awful place of waiting for test results, we all know how bad that can be and I hope that when you get them back everything is OK and mets aren't diagnosed.

Regarding travel insurance it may depend on where you are going. If it's Europe you should be able to use Eurotunnel insurance (even when not travelling with them) and they offer single trip or annual trip insurance (but no longer offer worldwide cover). However you should read their policy terms and conditions before taking it out as I think it might state that your disease/condition needs to be stable and it possibly says that you shouldn't be awaiting test results. I'm not sure as I'm no longer using them so have not checked their website recently.

Other than them you could try the AXAPPP insurance that I've mentioned on here before but I don't know what questions they will ask, I do know though that they don't go through the whole medical screening process that many companies do. They still may ask if your condition is stable and that could be the stumbling block.

Any other company seem to ask very detailed questions and I think the waiting for test results could again be a problem however you do need to let them know because if there was any claim arising from a fall or accident whilst on holiday I'm sure you wouldn't be covered if you've not declared everything.

Alternatively if you have travel insurance in place through a bank account or similar you could still travel but know that any claim arising from BC wouldn't be covered and be prepared to take the risk? I have done this in the past for short trips to Paris when my daughter was studying there knowing that the EHIC card would cover me for any unforeseen BC related health issues and my bank account's travel insurance would cover me for things like delays, lost luggage and any medical problems unrelated to BC.

Hope this helps but sorry I can't give you a definite answer.

Nicky x

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Hello ladies

I'm looking for a bit of advice on travel insurance. I'm going on holiday in 2 weeks and have been declined travel insurance because I'm waiting for test results to see if I have bones mets. Primary 2013 and been well until recently having leg n hip pain.

Can anyone suggest an insurer who won't ask the question about waiting for test results.

Thanks in advance
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I ask my oncologist for a short letter stating that I am fit to travel and she doesn't forsee any need for treatment while I'm away. Touch wood I won't need it but it's good to have back up! I hope everyone gets to have some lovely time away xxx

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I have just paid £46 for annual Europe wide cover with Eurotunnel (not planning to go worldwide this year). Virtually no questions asked - just need to be able to confirm that your illness hasn't got to terminal stage and that consultant would be happy for you to travel. I didn't look elsewhere as have been caught up with long discussions/form filling in the past plus unwanted calls from firms brokers deal with - and my time costs money!

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Hi bongobuns (what a great sign-in!) and welcome to the forums. As the others have said we are a friendly and informative bunch so please go to some of the other threads, especially the Bone Mets one as that's very active and lots, if not all, of us tend to post a lot on there even if we don't have bone mets. However there are lots of active individual threads as well that are worth reading if they are about issues you have. Thanks for the info about the insurance, it's good that you've got cover, it can be a struggle. I have just been able to buy an annual policy through AXAPPP, I've mentioned them before, and have got it for me and my husband for £112 a year for worldwide cover which is pretty good. We're hoping to go to USA in the summer as my brother is geting married over there so needed this rather than just European cover which I've managed to get for the last few years. My annual Eurotunnel policy runs out next week so I needed to get a new one in place.  At least some companies seem to be issuing affordable policies now.

Nicky x

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Thank you. Wishing I wasn't having to be having these discussions but hey ho, I bet we all do.
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P.S. welcome to the forum bongobuns xxx
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That sounds like a really good deal. I went with Eurotunnel again this year as only needed annual European cover. It has only gone up 50p since last year! All three of us for £79! Forgot I needed European breakdown cover too this year so need to call and do some negotiating!

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Hi all,

 

I'm a newbie to the forums, new to breast cancer and even newer to secondary BC so please bear with...

 

I've just taken travel insurance with insurancewith, 2 weeks worldwide, declared all my history and meds and paid £114.

 

Also taken 5 days European for £28.

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SP0, that's excellent - is that because you are NED? Tournesol x
SP0
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I get US cover for 2 weeks from Insure Pink for about £200, on Herceptin & hormone treatment when not on chemo or awaiting tests, fyi...x
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That's great new Lynn and means you can plan your trip 😊

Have a great Christmas.

Nicky x

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Hi Nicky

 

just wanted to let you know that we took out the travel insurance with axappp.  We joined the Forces Pension Society for an annual fee of £40 and the insurance was £331 and some pence, even with the annual fee it worked out a lot cheaper and more convenient for us.  I asked if it was available to non service personnel and he said that it was, but the discount for HM forces and their families is quite a good amount, almost 50%    However by our reckoning - even without the discount- it would still have been cheaper than anything else we'd been offered, 

 

Thanks for the info, I have also passed it on to others

 

xx

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Thats also good info kittyw, another company to try. That is cheaper but the quote I got was for an annual policy which may be the difference.

Lynn, my parents are in their late 70's and they have cover so I don't think your husband's age will be a problem. And I don't belong to their healthcare programme, I just phoned up and got a quote. When I asked if they are happy for me to get their details out the claims advisor I spoke to said, the more the merrier! Really hope this helps some of us go to some places that we can't afford to go to if we had to take out other insurance. The only bit of the info I posted that may not be correct is the phone number, so apologies if it needs checking. I used another number that my Dad uses to get through initially but the phone number given is one they gave me.

Happy hunting.

Nicky x

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Hi all hope this may help some of you, I have mets to bone and lung and had quotes of over £2000 for thee weeks in Canada, if they would insure me at all, most would not. Martin Lewis money expert site suggested World First insurance so gave it a go. Website asked a lot of questions and quoted me £240 as i could not belive this i started from scratch to see where i had gone wrong. I hadn't this is the quote. Reading reviews on site also seem favourable. take care Kittyw x