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Registered: ‎19-10-2018

Re: Long haul flights after radiotherapy

Hi I was interested to know how you managed with the long haul flight and the holiday just one week after your rads. I will be in the same place as you, expectedting rads in December then flying to Muscat for a month on 30/12. 

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Registered: ‎02-02-2018

Re: Long haul flights after radiotherapy

Hi Dealdoh

I have just returned from 3 weeks in America.
My rads had been completed 4 weeks when I flew out. The holiday had been booked over a year and prior to my diagnosis.
I haven't experienced any problems either with flying or my skin.
Just need to be vigilant and protect the skin.

I used InsuranceWith and it was around £145 for 3 weeks. However I do have other medical conditions which bumped up the quote.
I also waited until active treatment ended before obtaining quotes.

Hope this helps
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Registered: ‎25-10-2017

Re: Long haul flights after radiotherapy

Thanks Dcb - onwards and upwards.

Dcb
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Re: Long haul flights after radiotherapy

Hi Dealdoh, I’d already booked the holiday before diagnosis so I am covered by the insurance I had with my bank account, but I won’t be for any new bookings made. It is on my to do list to get travel insurance for a week in Spain we have just booked, I’ll see how much my existing annual policy will charge and if it’s ridiculous will try some of the companies suggested on the McMillan site 

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Registered: ‎25-10-2017

Re: Long haul flights after radiotherapy

Hi Dcb, may I ask which company you used for travel insurance? 

Dcb
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Registered: ‎18-04-2018

Re: Long haul flights after radiotherapy

I’m flying to America exactly 1 week after my rads finish (20 sessions, 15 normal and 5 boosts).  it was booked 18+ months ago pre diagnosis and whilst I’d like to have had a bigger gap, it’s just fallen this way and the radiologist doesn’t seem to think it will be a problem at all.  only concern was that I keep covered up for the 1st week.  Ocncologist is aware too and hasn’t raised any concerns. 

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Registered: ‎25-10-2017

Re: Long haul flights after radiotherapy

Hi All,  I am currently half way through my rads and we are planning to go to Canada towards the end of September - hopefully all will be well.  I am a a little bit of difficulty in sorting out travel insurance and half in fact been told by two companies that they are not prepared to give me a quote until I have finished active treatment.  Would you ladies have any recommendations with regard to travel insurance providers?

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Registered: ‎09-01-2018

Re: Long haul flights after radiotherapy

Thanks for your reply Andi. I have an appointment with my Oncologist this coming Friday so will see what she says but it sounds like it should be ok as long as I take all the necessary precautions.

 

Kaz xx

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Registered: ‎02-02-2018

Re: Long haul flights after radiotherapy

Hi Kaz

I am flying to America early June.

My rads will have been finished for 4 weeks by then.

I checked with the oncologist and the B.C nurse and both said no problem.

I will wear flight socks and be vigilant protecting my skin.

xx
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Registered: ‎09-01-2018

Re: Long haul flights after radiotherapy

Hi Handbagaddict, 

 

Thanks for your reply. I used factor 50 and took all the advised precautions and everything was fine with our short haul holiday, think the flight was 4 and a half hours. The long haul flight is just double that so I am hoping to get the go ahead when I ring the rads team tomorrow. Obviously I will take all the advised precautions.

 

Hope you have an amazing time when you go to Central America and good luck with your rads.

 

Kaz xx

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Registered: ‎09-01-2018

Re: Long haul flights after radiotherapy

Hi Ali,

 

I had two lymph nodes removed, only one was abnormal and have not had any problem with lymphadema. I havn't really had any dealings with my BC nurse since before I had my surgery and she only works part time but I will contact the rads team tomorrow.  If they dont give the go ahead we will have another short haul holiday instead but I do prefer the locations of the long haul holidays we have had so far.

 

Thanks for your advise.

 

Kaz xx

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Registered: ‎03-05-2018

Re: Long haul flights after radiotherapy

Well I’m off to Central America for 2 with the family about 6 weeks after finishing and I’m planning for It to be OK.  I spoke to my oncologist initially about it and he didn’t think it would be an issue at all.  He did say he’d think I was mad if I was planning to go immediately post treatment as you can never know how you’re going to react, etc. but otherwise, you just need to take the usual precautions.  

 

For me this means, compression socks for the flights, lashings of factor 50 for the affected area (I’d be using factor 30 everywhere else in any event), a rash vest for swimming and I plan on keeping it mainly covered up.

 

 

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Registered: ‎30-10-2017

Re: Long haul flights after radiotherapy

Hi did you have lymph node removal? I so how many? I would imagine if you have not had problems with lymphedema you would be ok to fly long haul!! If you have a BC nurse perhaps you could give her a call and she may be able to advise you or even speak to your rads team direct. Good luck! Hope you can go there's nothing like a long haul holiday to make you feel good about everything!!!💗💗💗
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Posts: 73
Registered: ‎09-01-2018

Long haul flights after radiotherapy

Hi everyone,

 

Just wondering what are your thoughts on how long to wait after radiotherapy finishes to doing a long haul flight. I have done a 4 hour flight no problem within 3 weeks of finishing but I am now considering a long haul flight in a couple of weeks which will be just over 10 weeks from finishing.

 

I am going to see my Oncologist in just over a week but the price is really good at the moment and I am worried there will be no flights/rooms left if I leave it.

 

Cheers,

 

Kaz xx