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Flying after chemo completed


Re: Flying after chemo completed

Dear Ang63


Thank you for emailing us about flying after chemotherapy and before starting your radiotherapy. Some women find it is good to have a break between treatments.


If you are planning a flight we would suggest you check with your medical team first and if there are any specific recommendations you should take prior to and during the flight. You may also consider your travel insurance.


Although you have finished the chemotherapy, it is important to consider the possible side effects, in particular the temporary side effects on the blood.


One of the common side effects of chemotherapy is that it temporally affects healthy blood cells in the body so it may well be helpful having a chat with your medical team about the associated risks after treatment regarding the increased risk of blood clots such as deep vein thrombosis especially while flying.  


Travel after breast cancer treatment is a very common discussion. We provide an on line discussion forum. The forums are message boards where people affected by breast cancer and breast health concerns can post messages of support and share information. You can read the forums without registering. To do this, scroll down to the categories section – then click onto any of these. If you would like to join a discussion or start your own, you just need to register.


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Thank you for contacting us. Please contact us again in the future if you have any further queries.


Kind regards




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Re: Flying after chemo completed

Hi Ang63


Thanks for posting your question.


We hope to be able to respond to you tomorrow.


In the meantime our Helpline is open from 9am tomorrow if you would like to talk things through. 


If you do phone our Helpline please let us know that you have asked a question on our forum so that we know your query has been answered. Thank you


With best wishes.




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Flying after chemo completed

Hi anyone know how long before flying is ok I completed my 6 chemo sessions on the 27 Dec and would like to fly on the 19 Jan I start Radiotherapy on the 27 Jan is it ok or would it be advisable to wait until all complete. Thanks in advance