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lorac170
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Re: Sunbathing and radiotherapy

Morning Sophie,

Just thought I'd throw my tuppence worth in. I've just bought a travel insurance policy for the USA for 1 week. When I declared my BC diagnosis - they ask a few questions re treatment finished, when diagnosed etc and the end result was the policy increased by 2.78 pounds which I thought was very reasonable. One of the main reasons that you're advised to declare is that Tamoxifen could leave you at greater risk of a DVT. And if that should happen and BC not declared then they could refuse to pay out in the event of a claim.

 

The Company is called Puffin Insurance & I found them through Compare the market. Hope this helps. Carol x

sophie87
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Re: Sunbathing and radiotherapy

Hi again Jo.

I meant to ask do you know if i go away next year do i need travel insurance for breast cancer and if so why do i need it if my radiotherapy has finished. Someone said on here somewhere that Thomas Cook said they didnt need insurance 6 months after their treatment had finished. Did you have travel insurance and if so can you reccomend somewhere cheap. Hope youre keeping well. xx

sophie87
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Re: Sunbathing and radiotherapy

Hi again Susie.

ive just seen these tips for travel insurance on other sites. I havent tried any yet as i dont know yet where im going on holiday yet but you could try these.

www.justtravelcover.com

mia travel.

 

Hope you get sorted.xx

SusieQ
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Re: Sunbathing and radiotherapy

Thank you Lisad I'll check it out. X

sophie87
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Ps Susie i hope you dont have too many treatments to go through and i hope you have a good network of friends and family to support you. Big hugs. xx

sophie87
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Re: Sunbathing and radiotherapy

Hi susieQ

I havent looked into insurance yet as i thought if your cancer was operated on and removed and you were no longer having radiotherapy you didnt need insured.x

sophie87
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Re: Sunbathing and radiotherapy

Thanks Jabey68

My skin is broken underneath my breast and my whole breast is red so i think i need to leave it till next year as i was advised not to swim for 8 weeks and the pool is a big part of my holidays in Gran canaria and to go in november or December is very expensive. I think I'l keep saving till next year and maybe be able to go to Florida or Mexico.  I was just worried i wouldnt be able to holiday in the sun again.  You are right. We deserve a holiday after what we've been through. Hope you are keeping well and thanks again. xx

Jobey68
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Re: Sunbathing and radiotherapy

H Sophie, I went abroad 3 weeks after finishing radiotherapy last year, plenty of 50 factor all over my treated boob and surrounding area and had no problems at all even that soon after finishing, I didn't cover up and lay in a bikini all day, I was fully prepared to keep covered if need be but it just wasn't necessary for me, we've been abroad several times since and I now use my normal 30 factor, a holiday after all we have been through is just the tonic , enjoy! Xx Jo 

lisad
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Re: Sunbathing and radiotherapy

Hi SusieQ  saw this posted up at my local hospital - maybe worth a try

 

http://www.insurancewith.com/breast-cancer-travel-insurance/

SusieQ
Member

Re: Sunbathing and radiotherapy

Hi Sophie,I haven't had radiotherapy - I'm about to start in a couple of weeks and like you starting to plan for a holiday next year. I've been told always to use high factor sun cream and avoid sitting out between 11 & 3. I have a non medical question have you looked into holiday insurance? Is there a specialised company that is recommended?

sophie87
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Re: Sunbathing and radiotherapy

I have just finished 15 sessions of radiotherapy for breast cancer and would like to go on holiday in 10 months. Will it be safe to sunbathe if i cover my chest area in factor 50?

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Re: Sunbathing and radiotherapy

Thanks ladies! I will get booking!! (Exciting!). X

Lulu34
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I have had rads to both sides and and the square always gets browner and shows up even though you can see it normally doesn't seem to matter how high a factor I use... Even on my last holiday this summer which was 5 years since rads on right side and 18 months on left side... Both appeared the same.... But it doesn't particularly bother me but some people are more sensitive about these things..... I even sunbathed topless... Scars and all... first time I'd done it in years.

Lulu

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Crikey ...hope i can sunbathe when its all over ...we put in a swimming pool the year before last ...I shall be swimming every decent day from May onwards if I can ... can hardly avoid the sun (unless I wear a wet suit!)
Mary
(no we are not very rich ...we live in France and we were left some money by a childless aunt)

SamLee
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Re: Sunbathing and radiotherapy

Hi Sandytoes,

Sounds like I have had similar treatment to you. I had chemo until March last year, surgery in April and 20 sessions of rads from mid May to mid June. I have 2 sessions of Herceptin to go and have just started taking Tamoxifen.

My onc also told me to avoid sun exposure for a year just because the skin is more sensitive to sunburn no more than that. Like you my skin didn't suffer through the radiotherapy and was only a bit pink by the end.

I went on holiday in September last year and sunbathed, I just used a higher factor of sunscreen. I used 20 across my chest and shoulder area as opposed to the factor 10 I would normally have used.

I would say go for it quite frankly. At the end of the day if you skin starts to get a bit sore after a couple of days you can always cover up a bit and up the sun cream.

I am off on hols again at the end of February when my Herceptin finishes and will definitely be sunbathing I can tell you!!

Sam

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Re: Sunbathing and radiotherapy

Hi Sandytoes,

I had radiotherapy a few years ago (25 lots) - finished mid October & was lying on a beach in St Lucia, mid February. My skin was absolutely fine, despite mine cracking badly at the end, but I did use a high factor suncream all over that area & sat in shade for some of the time. That said, came back looking browner & healthier than I'd looked in ages!

My onc had no problem with me going, just said to make sure I used higher factor suncream than usual. It was one of the best holidays I have been on & I am hoping if my bone mets remain stable at my next scan that we will go again!

Holidays are important, not only to look forward to, but also to recharge our flagging batteries & to make happy memories with our loved ones 🙂

Dugsy x

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Sunbathing and radiotherapy

Hello,

Have finished chemo, had my 1st lot of surgery and finished rads just before Christmas. Still having Herceptin and taking Tamoxifen.

I'm keen to get some holidays booked to look forward to as 2011 was a cr*p year stuck at home! Everything I've read says to avoid sunshine on the radiotherapy area for the first year. Why is this? Is it just that the skin is more sensitive? I really want to book a couple of beach holidays - but not if I'm going to have to wear a polo neck (OK - slight exaggeration!). Will strong suncream do...? Has anyone else been on a beach holiday a couple of months after radiotherapy.

I should mention that my skin was fine during rads - just a slight suntan - no redness or sore skin.

Thank you.