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Going abroad on holiday with secondary BC

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Re: Going abroad on holiday with secondary BC

Hi. I am sat in a cafe in Mallorca as we speak! Have done several holidays since SBC diagnosis. Currently insured through MIA but have also used EUROTUNNEL for mainland Europe and InsuranceWith for USA. Have travelled while on hormonal tablets and also on  Cape. Only time I don't travel is when on IV chemo. Good luck Pxx

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Re: Going abroad on holiday with secondary BC

Hi, I'm on Letrozole and Palbociclib and these are two which does allow a dip in and out. The Palbo tends to knock my neuts about, so if I needed to I could have a rest, especially for holiday purposes. X

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Re: Going abroad on holiday with secondary BC

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Youre right we generally are on continuous treatment. However some treatments, such as hormonal treatment, doesn’t have the same effect on our immune system as chemo does. Also we can sometimes take an extra week off from a chemo cycle to give our bodies, and immune system, time to recover a bit. As treatments are long term it’s not the same as taking time off from treatment for primary BC which is often a blast of 18 weeks of chemo which it’s aimed to give continuously. After a while I found I understood more about how my body coped with treatments and sometimes an extra week off was what I needed to get over side effects until the next cycle. Which gave me and my husband an excuse to have a short break, even if it has been in the UK.

Nicky x

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Re: Going abroad on holiday with secondary BC

Thank you for your replies, but something still puzzles me. I thought that, as SBC patients, we were all on continuous treatment. Mine is capecitabine tablets taken daily, two weeks on then one week off. I was led to believe this would carry on as long as it was working, with no 'time off' as this could allow the cancer cells to spread. Are othe people's treatment regimes different? 

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Re: Going abroad on holiday with secondary BC

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In the 11 years I’ve been living with SBC I’ve travelled a lot, only when treatmentshave allowed or when I’ve felt like it though. As Helen has said there is a thread with lots of companies on. It used to be a ‘sticky’ thread which stayed in the front page but isn’t any longer so it keeps disappearing off the current topics.

In short I’ve used Eurotunnel for European travel, both dingle trips and annual policy. They are very reasonable but I think from last year they changed their cover to mainland Europe only ie no islands. They don’t ask any health questions other than are you terminal. Well, I’ve never been told I’m te4minal and until I am, by a medical professional, I will continue to say I’m not.

I have also just taken out an annual worldwide policy with AXA  PPP which includes America, again at a reasonable price. I mentioned this on the thread.

Its certainly possible to travel whilst having SBC, the only thing I’ve tended to avoid is aircraft travel if I’m on chemo and my immune system is compromised. Other than that go for it! Make sure you do have a current EHIC card (even though that could change when we leave the EU, but that’s for everyone not just us) as most of the European policies insist you use it if you have to seek medical attention as it reduces the cost of a claim.

Nicky xx

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Hi Victoria, Boots seems good for insurance, according to my gal pals at my secondary group. I'm about to give them a ring as p, after two years of continuous treatment, it looks as though I'm now able to travel abroad. Yay me! Apparently the tricky question on the form is the difference between terminal ( with an actual set time left to live) and palliative ( care without cure).

Good luck and happy holidays.

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Re: Going abroad on holiday with secondary BC

Hi VictoriaSponge,

Holidays and sunshine are certainly important to us.I think it will depend on what continuous treatment you are having and how long after treatment you plan to travel .

I use Insurepink and ring them up and talk to them so I know they get all the information I can give them about my health.they specialise in Breast cancer patients.I have paid £117 for a 2 weeks cruise later this year in the Mediterranean which I was pleased with.I am 2 and a half years on from a secondary diagnosis in liver and then a year later with 1 bone met.I only have monthly denosumab injections and on letrozole and am pretty well really.I have never had to make a claim with them so can’t vouch for how they deal with a claim .

hope you can get yourself sorted and have a wonderful holiday somewhere soon. Didi 

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Re: Going abroad on holiday with secondary BC

Hi Victoria Sponge 

I have bumped up a useful thread called Travel insurance for you. Foreign travel is possible with SBC if you feel up to it and there are companies that will insure you. I have been lots of times to Europe in the last 6 years with mets. Eurotunnel and MIA have both insured me & husband and at a reasonable price. Just be prepared for a few questions about your treatment .

Good luck and happy holidays!

Helen x 

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Going abroad on holiday with secondary BC

Seeing the sunshine and having a lovely relaxing time are good things for everyone, but especially those of us living with secondary BC. 

 

My question is has anyone here taken a foreign holiday since diagnosis, and if so, how did you fix up the travel insurance?

 

When I had primary BC in 2010 it was relatively straight forward as the oncologist gave me permission and the treatment was limited to 18 weeks anyway. Secondary BC is a totally different kettle of fish and the treatment is continuous; I worry that insurance companies won't cover me and that means an end to foreign travel. ☹️