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At some point in your cancer journey, you will likely have a reason to travel. You may choose to travel for business, pleasure, treatment, or other reasons.
For most people with cancer, air travel is not a problem. However, cancer can sometimes cause physical problems or disabilities that make traveling by plane difficult. Your doctor may recommend that you delay your trip under certain circumstances, such as the following:
Many people with cancer want to visit new places they have never been or take a vacation to get their mind off cancer. Although a vacation can help relieve stress, traveling to your destination may actually add to it.
Long lines at the airport and a crowded plane ride can be nerve-wracking for anyone. When you have cancer and you aren’t feeling well, air travel can be even more stressful. You may look for ways to overcome these travel barriers so you can continue to do the things you enjoy.
You may choose to travel for reasons other than vacation or business, such as for cancer treatment. More and more people with cancer today are seeking treatment far from home. If you decide to travel for cancer treatment, you will likely have some concerns, such as fear of being away from your family. You may also worry about how you will deal with the demands of travel, cancer-related side effects, and the cost of travel. Fortunately, there are organizations that provide help with air fare and accommodations to ease some of the burden of travel costs. Your doctor may also recommend ways to ease side effects during travel.
When you have cancer and you decide to travel, your trip will go much smoother if you plan ahead and take proper precautions. It is important to make travel preparations that will promote your comfort and maintain your safety as much as possible. You can also learn ways to overcome some of your concerns and make traveling easier on yourself.
NOTE: THIS INFORMATION IS NOT INTENDED NOR IMPLIED TO BE A SUBSTITUTE FOR PROFESSIONAL MEDICAL ADVICE. ALWAYS SEEK THE ADVICE OF YOUR PHYSICIAN OR OTHER QUALIFIED HEALTHCARE PROVIDER REGARDING TRAVELING WITH CANCER.
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