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When Cancer Goes on Vacation with You

First Aired: May 31, 2015


It’s easy to take it for granted that we may be able to take off for a long weekend or even a longer excursion. It can be challenging, though, when you or your loved one is in cancer treatment. On this show we share some tips and safety precautions that you can take before you hit the road and while you’re taking time away. You may have to take your cancer with you on your vacation, but you don’t necessarily have to give up on attending a graduation or wedding just because you’re in treatment.

Some of this information is common sense, but there are some things you might not have thought about, like checking airport security regulations if you have an infusion port and whether vaccinations you may need to travel overseas could interact with your medications. And, if you need to travel for your cancer treatment, there are financial resources for travel and housing available to you.

Join host Mary Lawrence, co-host Dave Richmond and producer Lois Boynton for an informative discussion about cancer and traveling so you’re prepared for your next trip out of town.

Here are some resources that may help you prepare for your vacation:
*Traveling with Cancer – tips by Cancer and Careers and the National Comprehensive Cancer Network
* Eleven Tips for Traveling with Cancer – U-Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center
* Travel Tips for Patients on Chemotherapy – University of Pittsburgh Medical Center
* Taking Care in the Sun – MacMillan Cancer Support, UK
* Transportation Security Administration – Travelers with Disabilities and Medical Conditions

And, if you’re traveling for treatment, check out these resources:
* When You Need to Travel for Cancer Care – American Society of Clinical Oncology
* National Patient Travel Center – provides those in need with information about medically related transportation
* 5 Ways to Reduce Costs when Traveling for Cancer Treatments – blog by Robyn Stoller, CancerHawk

Disability Notification Card – provided by the TSA for those with health conditions, disability or medical devices that may affect security screening.

TSA Cares is toll-free help line for airline passengers with medical conditions and disabilities. Call 1-855-787-2227 to ask about screening policies or to request a Passenger Support Specialist to help you.

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