Glad you found Insurancewith, I always use them and find them so helpful and the prices are really reasonable, I noticed that a few people on twitter were recommeding them too.
Have a fantastic holiday.
I have a holiday planned over Easter to Cyprus which has been arranged since before Christmas. I had finished IV chemo in January and MIA had insured me as I was stable and on letrozole.
This week all changed 😞 My tumour markers have shot up alarmingly and I have been put on Capecitaine immediately. I still feel really well with no obvious symptoms of anything much.
MIA have now told me they won't insure as I'm on chemo and not going to mainland Europe and they are refunding me. I have managed to get insurance with Insure With at a lower cost than MIA but with a £750 excess in the event of a claim. I'm so desperate for this holiday, think the benefits will outweigh the risks, that I've gone for it! It's only a week and fingers crossed I will remain well for that week. Just wanted to say that Insure With were really helpful, as I've been turned down flat by several other companies this morning.
I went to canary islands and got cover with Mia (I am not on chemo but have exstensive bone mets).The problem is although they cover you for cancer they expect you to go to the local hospital and use your European health Card to cover you treatment.
Di I'm assuming you tried MIA? I have vertebral mets and am on capecitabine. I rang today MIA to ask about cover for a cruise which included turkey, greece as well as mainland Europe. They said if on chemo they would only cover mainland spain, portugal, italy and France so wouldn't cover the cruise I had in mind but sounds like they might cover yours? Pam
Having a nightmare getting travel insurance for a cruise around the med for a week in June. I have breast cancer, mets in bone and liver. Currently on oral chemo. I am very well. Live independently, drive etc.
I have tried every company mentioned on the forum. All said no except All clear that gave me a quote of £3000. The holiday only costs £600.
Insure cancer were a lot more reasonable. They explained that it is not the advanced cancer that is the problem but the chemo and that they would consider insuring me if 2 weeks free from chemo and consultant is happy. Having a break from chemo will give my immune system time to recover so less risk of falling ill. No quote yet as holiday is still 3months away but they are a lot more positive.
I am worried about the holiday now. I wanted to go away for a cruise (dream come true) with my 2 daughters. Am I being unrealistic? Although my cancer is advanced I am so well. Should i consider just going without the cover??
I have secondaries in liver and bone and had fec last spring, finished chemo beginning of aug, and was booked to go to the usa to see family in Dec. Had a horrendous time trying to get covered only 2 companies would even quote me. Insurecancer were the most kind with their questioning but said could not insure in the end cos of high costs of potential medical costs and 'getting me back to UK' if needed. Freespirit would insure me at an enormous premium of £1500 for 3 weeks. In the end we had to cancel the trip at very short notice as the cancer was coming back and I needed to start more chemo. Very lucky as had only just paid the premium for freespirit and they have a 2 week cooling off period. Also lucky as american airlines totally refunded our flights. Now coming to the end of chemo and want to fly to usa in June so will be going through the process again. I know costs are high but will search around cos the costs which might be incurred if I needed hospital treatment in the usa are enormous. will try Bromley - any others helped anyone for the us? Daisy
i contacted pink by email gave all the details of my medical history (i had a very rare kind of breast cancer )and they rang me back after speaking to the medical experts (underwriters)just went through a medical declarartion on the phone 8 mins later insured for 20.27 8 days cover
Hi, sorry to bring bad news......MIA no longer cover the States. Sorry.
It is the USA that is difficult, not you nd your medical status. We ended up in Paris Disney instead.
Sadie Xx Xx
Lisa, MIA Online http://www.miaonline.co.uk/ seem to be good at covering people with secondaries. Have you tried them yet?
Thanks Nicky & Jayne.
I tried Fogg travel Nicky and they said no too. I have got a few more to try tomorrow. I think a lot are connected because the question formats are the same. It seems so unfair as my last bone scan in Feb showed everything is stable, I feel ok and am back at work -as well as running round after 2 young children ! They make you feel rubbish when they say they won't insure you.
Have you tried travelinsurance.com? I got insurance from them last week for a week in tenerife for £30. However, I have to add that I do not have secondaries so my quote was only for my primary diagnosis from August 2010. Sorry if you have already tried them and that you seem to be having a real problem here. It seems so unfair to be going through diagnosis, treatment etc to then have this to deal with. Best wishes, J.
That's a pain, Lisa. Sorry they weren't able to help you. The only other name I have noted from this thread is a company called Fogg travel (I think) which was mentioned a few pages back. The lady, sorry I can't remember who, said they were very good. Unfortunately it seems that the insurance companies don't seem to be consistent.
Hope you do get some luck with this.
Hi all I've not been on before - I was diagnosed with primary BC in 2007 and secondaries in May 2011 ( 2 spots on my spine) . I have had a horrible afternoon trying to get travel insurance for a trip in April to Disneyland Florida. After being turned down by 4 companies I have just got through to insure Pink and spent 20 mins answering questions only to be told they cannot insure me! I was hoping after reading Nicky's post that they would, but apparently because I have 2 spots on my spine they cannot cover me?! I am really fed up and starting to get worried about a trip that is supposed to be a trip of a lifetime with my family.
Can anyone help ?
Yes I have insurance for New York, for later this month. Insure Pink insured me, I have bone mets, 2 places, hip and spine. When I asked them about not insuring secondary ladies they said it depends on how soon after surgery (not chemo) and how many places your mets are in. Worth giving them a call if you've not done so already.
I rang about 10 companies to get insured for New York - all have refused to insure me.
I have secondaries to the lung and I'm currently on oral chemo. Has anyone had any luck getting insurance to the US?
I've spoken to my oncologist and pain releif consultant and they all say I'm fit to travel and can't see any reason. I've decided life's a gamble and if I didn't feel well I won't go. It probably my last big holiday with my family and I'm gonna enjoyed it regardless.
Hope you all have better luck than me.
Been trying to contact InsurePink for two days by phone - nothing. Not sure what's going on there, but not quite what's needed. Trying others...
Have you tried http://www.insurancewith.com? I always use then and find the prices really reasonable, I think they cover any age.
Anyone have any suggestions on best travel insurance. I have just finished chemo and radiotherapy for breast cancer. I am 70 and partner 75. I know insurance gets bumped up for over 70's.
I was insured by Saga on a multitrip worldwide policy & when I phoned to advise them thatIi had had breast cancer they immediately said they would not cover me & would return the remainder of my premiums.
I tried numerous companies - including those suggested by the brestcancer care web site - & had quotes varying from £1300 for an annual trip policy to single trip policies of up to £600.
I eventually got onto Travelsure.co.uk, via the Which website, & to my great amazement - by this time I was about to take out a policy excluding the breast cancer - I was offered an annual worldwide multitrip policy costing £145. This policy compared favourably with my precancer policies
I checked that the breast cancer was covered & signed with them immediately.
What a relief!!
I always phone insure pink, they are very helpful. Sometimes the website applications miss out a few relevant details and then they won't quote you. This is what I've found after trying several. I also agree with Glo about Mia, basically they are relying on you using your EHIC for medical cover in Europe and then you get the other travel insurance cover as you would any normal policy so it's not worth it if you already possess one of those through a bank account, as we do, or by buying one that's readily available on the market. Always worth reading the small print 🙂
Good luck with your hunt.
I once got a quote from Mia but when I received the paperwork I cancelled it.
They stipulate that you must use the state hospitals/doctors covered by the E111 card (for EU) .
But if going skiing, as we were, virtually all medical centres in resort are private so would be no good. If you had an accident on the hill you would taken to the local medical centre (private). To go to the state hospital you would have to transfer by taxi ( about an hour away!). I did phone MIA and point this out to them and they had no idea that this was so.
Thanks Nicky. I tried InsurePink's online quote system last night but it said it could not quote me for worldwide insurance. So I'm not sure if I'll try phoning them. It may be because I have a small amount of chest wall disease as well as 2 bone mets - even though all appears stable right now. Or because I had another cancer 5+ years ago even though I have been discharged by that consultant. Who knows...
I also tried Insurance With on the phone; they won't insure me worldwide either (although their online system had given me a quote bizarrely!) but they will cover me for more countries than Mia so I have a bit more choice which is good.
Yes, I have used Insurepink for holidays to south Africa, USA and Caribbean since my secondary dx 4 years ago. They have always been reasonable with costs, much lower than other quotes from other companies on here. I am on hormone treatment plus bisphosphonates and have a couple of heart related pre existing conditions as well, all are covered. It may depend on how many secondaries you do have though as I asked about this the last time I spoke with them last month and they said two sites only would be covered, but that may have referred to my bone met sites.
Ps I am going to look at Fogg Travel though as I agree with Glo, I don't mind paying a big excess as I wouldn't be going on holiday anyway if I thought my mets were playing up!
I am really intersted in this thread as I am in the process of trying to get insurance for a week away next month to Europe and then a dream holiday in October to Canada, America and then cruise home. I had bc diagnosed August 2010 and completed treatment of surgery, chemo, rads and Herceptin in January of this year. I remain on Letrozole.
The quotes I have had are from Insure it Pink at £178 for the cruise and £65 for Europe. They don't do a multi trip policy. I thought this might be a bit steep though not sure. I have e-mailed Fogg Travel and Mia (I think!) for a quote. I will keep you all posted. Take care all. J.
I have secondary breast cancer with multiple nodules in both lungs. I am on letrozole and as I was diagnosed stage 4 from the start have never had chemo or rad treatment.
I got a great surprise at Xmas. We had a ski holiday booked which included insurance and they covered me at no extra charge!!!! We are off skiing again on Saturday so I contacted them again, they have since changed the questions for their screening, but they are still covering me at no extra cost, although there is a £300 excess for anything cancer related. I am quite happy with this as after speaking to my onc he felt it would be fine not to even cover the cancer as I have had such a good response (so far!!) to treatment..
I feel this is the way insurance companies should treat us, no extra premium but weight the excess. But of course the wouldn't make as much!
Question - are these specialist cancer insurance companies giving us the best deal???
BTW the insurance company is Fogg Travel.
Anyone with secondary cancer who has managed to get travel insurance for anywhere outside Europe: would you mind letting me know where you've managed to get cover from? I would love to go a bit further afield while I am still on hormonal treatment (when this one fails I'll most likely be going on to chemo) but Mia Online will only cover me for Europe.
Just looking for a little advice, I usually use columbus direct for my cancer and lymphodema. However, this year the hospital messed up and my op has all been moved around, haeding for a double diep recon at end of Feb and due to go to florida start of May, surgeon has told me not to cancel and hopefully okay for hols as long as no lifting - should i wait until after op for booking insurance? not sure what to do.... thanks xx
I have secondary bc with spread to bone, eye, lung, liver and skin and while most of it has now gone or is without symptoms, I've struggled to find someone to cover me for my honeymoon. Insurecancer are the only ones not to run screaming but even they won't look to quote / cover until 2 to 3 weeks before we go. And we need to book!
They've advised we look into Cancellation Insurance but can't for the life of me find anyone who offers this other than for the UK.
I'm going to South Africa for just over a week.
Insurance With and Insure Pink came up with the same quote - £92. They also had exactly the same screening questions and pages, so looks as if they are underwritten by the same company. I was able to do the whole lot on-line.
Bromley wanted a 'fit to travel' note from my Dr.
Got another quote - can't remember who from - that was £136!
I got cover from Mia Travel for 3 weeks in SriLanka for £230 -this is for secondary cancer. They are so helpful and sympathetic. They also cover high blood pressure which a lot of standard firms now exclude. I've also taken out an annual policy with my husband with Insure and Go excluding the cancer, for when I travel to Europe. So I'm busy packing and go next week to relax after a horrible 6 months!
I am off on a Med Cruise in May and have spent ages on the phone. Isn't it amazing how trying to organise travel insurance brings back all those horrible emotional feelings. Anyway I have found Explorer Insurance to be very reasonable. For me and OH to travel for two weeks the quote was £103.83 and if done through quidco you get 20% back bringing it down even further. To be fair Insure Pink was £119.67 so not much of an increase.
Incidentally, I did ring Explore before booking it online just to make sure that my BC was covered.
HSBC Holiday Insurance
Until yesterday I didn`t realise that HSBC premier customers get Travel Insurance free.
No additional costs to cover Breast Cancer or additional body crumbles developed since diagnosis.
Added benefit is that, provided I don't exceed the number of days holiday included in their policy I don't have to ring again unless my medical conditions change.
What a relief this is ! My OH & I tend to go on short European breaks and I find repeatedly ringing and reliving my recent medical history very stressful.
I have always found http://www.insurancewith.com really lovely and helpful for travel insurance, and the prices are very reasonable too. I don't have secondaries, but I do beleive they will cover people with secondaries.
I have just returned from the canary isles.I made many phone calls before getting insurance this time.I have secs in bones in several places.Insure Pink,who i have used several times,will now only insure you if you only have 2 bone mets.If you have spine mets as I do then each vetebrae counts as one place.
Bromley also turned me down with secs as did several other companies.
I finally got insurance for 2 weeks with mia online for £75 providing I used my European Health Insurance Card and only had any required treatment at the local hospital.
Seems to be getting harder and more expensive to get cover with a sec dx.