Tommy Lloyd
Author: Tommy Lloyd, Managing Director

Tommy has over 15 years experience within the insurance industry, and his primary focus is helping travellers find the right cover for their medical conditions.

Originally posted: 5th Jan 2021

COVID-19 Cover Update

We’ll only show you quotes from providers who are able to cover emergency medical expenses if you catch the virus abroad, and some of our providers are able to offer additional cover. Please see the below frequently asked questions, or read our full guide for more information.

Do you need specialist travel insurance if you are living with lymphoma?

Planning a wonderful adventure abroad? Before you start packing, make sure you’re prepared for any eventuality with specialised lymphoma travel insurance. 

As lymphoma and any associated treatments can affect your immune system leaving you vulnerable to infection, it’s really important to get the right cover before you fly, drive or sail away. We’re here to help you secure that extra peace of mind, so you can fully relax on your holiday. 

Standard travel insurance is unlikely to cover you if you suffer from Hodgkin’s or non-Hodgkin's lymphoma - but there’s no need to worry. Should you need treatment while you’re away from home, the right policy will help avoid any unforeseen costs or a large medical bill. Specialist lymphoma policies have comprehensive medical cover bespoke to your individual needs, meaning you and your holiday are protected. 

We know not every case of lymphoma is the same and that the stage of your condition (plus any associated symptoms) can really vary from person to person. We're here for you and will always take your individual circumstances into account so that we can help you find the right policy for the right price.

Simply tell us about your lymphoma while getting a quote. After a few short and easy questions, the rest is taken care of. It really couldn’t be simpler.

And, if you need any help whilst getting a quote, just chat to our online team who are there to answer any queries you may have. We’re here to help. 

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Our easy medical screening for declaring lymphoma

If you’ve ever been diagnosed with a cancerous condition, you’ll need to tell us about it, even if it was a long time ago and is no longer causing you any health problems.

When you tell us about your lymphoma, you’ll be asked a short series of questions. This medical screening is designed to help us learn more about your specific condition - past or present - and the circumstances behind your diagnosis (when you were diagnosed, the stage of your condition, etc).

Telling us this information helps us to fully understand how your day-to-day life is affected, so we can bring you a selection of providers and quotes to choose from. Please don’t worry - these questions are quick, easy and make it so simple to get a policy bespoke to your requirements - and we’re here to help you find the right cover.

Typical questions on your lymphoma may include: 

  • Which type of lymphoma were you diagnosed with?
  • Has this spread to parts of the body other than your skin?
  • What age were you when you were diagnosed with lymphoma?
  • At what stage was the disease diagnosed?
  • How long ago was your last cancer treatment for this condition?

If you are unsure about any of the answers, then it's best to check with your GP or oncology team, just to be sure we have all the right information and can help you find the right cover.

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What does a lymphoma insurance policy typically cover?

Lymphoma travel insurance is specifically tailored to your individual circumstances.  It can help cover the costs of any emergency medical treatment whilst you are away, or even if you need to cancel your holiday due to a flare up and you become too unwell to travel (which is typically not covered by standard travel insurance). 

Common areas that you will find cover for will be:

  • Treatment or surgery 
  • Emergency repatriation home
  • Cost to replace medication (in case of loss or damage in transit) 
  • Cancellation of your holiday if your symptoms worsen
  • Legal protection
  • Personal liability

While some travel providers do not provide full cover for pre-existing health conditions or take into account a history of treatment or related procedures, we have partnered with a number of specialist providers to bring you the right policy for you - so you can fully relax and really enjoy that much-needed break away.

It’s worth noting that while your symptoms do not need to be declared, you may be asked about these when getting a quote. We are unable to provide a quote or offer cover if you have a condition which is under investigation and has not yet been diagnosed.

Get a quote for lymphoma travel insurance today so you can sit back and focus on enjoying your holiday knowing you or your travelling companions are covered with care.

Optional Extras

Alongside the regular benefits of your travel insurance policy - such as accident, medical and repatriation expenses, cancellation, mobility aids, baggage loss and theft - you can also include optional extras that might come in handy for your trip. These aren’t essential, but we recommend exploring what’s available in terms of extra cover if you’re taking any expensive gadgets, going on a cruise or participating in any winter sports.

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Tips for travelling with Lymphoma

We all know the usual advice - keeping hydrated, taking light exercise, maintaining a balanced diet. With a little care there’s no reason your lymphoma should get in the way of a truly relaxing holiday. To make the most of your well-deserved time away, just bear a few tips in mind before you go to prioritise your health and make the most of your break. 

Before you travel:

  • Consult with your doctor or oncology team to make sure you are fit to fly, sail or drive 
  • Choose your destination carefully, especially if you are required to vaccinate (always discuss vaccinations with your doctor before travelling, as there may be some that are not suitable for you)
  • If your symptoms cause fatigue, choose accommodation with a lift or other means of getting around if walking becomes tiring (or better still, request a room on the ground floor)
  • Select accommodation close to good medical facilities - just in case
  • If you’ve packed medication, take it in your hand luggage (and always pack more than you need, just in case)
  • Double check with your GP or oncology team that your medication is a legal substance where you’re going
  • Pack copies of any important medical documents (with a copy in each set of luggage in the event anything goes missing)
  • If you plan to visit a country with extreme weather (hot or cold) ensure you seek advice from your doctor as treatment can make your skin more sensitive
  • Pack over the counter medication to treat colds and flu (if you’re immuno-suppressed, these will ease symptoms of any minor illness)
  • Make sure you have declared your condition and have the right policy in place

While you’re travelling:

  • Use hand sanitiser regularly and wash your hands when you can
  • If you are immuno-suppressed, consider wearing a mask on the flight to avoid any airborne cold or flu viruses
  • Be mindful of your diet - we know it’s easier said than done! In particular, avoid any foods that may cause food poisoning or an upset stomach
  • If you have Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, avoid any food or drink that might pose a risk of infection (i.e. tap water, raw fish and eggs)
  • Don’t be afraid to speak up - if you feel unwell or have new symptoms, alert cabin crew or airport/hotel staff as soon as possible so they can assist you in whichever way you need
  • Take advantage of any additional services at the airport or cruise ship with mobility aids or concierge services to ease the stress of travelling
  • Be mindful of any time difference between home and your destination when it comes to taking your medication (it can be confusing).
  • Take gentle exercise while you’re there; think of a daily walk as a great way to see the local area and take in new surroundings
  • Rest regularly - take this as an opportunity to really put your feet up.
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Get good quotes from specialist cancer travel insurance providers

When you get a quote, you’ll be taken through our speedy two-step form which makes declaring any health conditions easy and hassle-free, just how you like it. 

The first step asks for basic information such as your name, age and email address, plus any details surrounding your trip, including:

  • Your holiday destination
  • The dates you intend to travel there and back
  • Who needs cover (a single person, couple, family or group)
  • Optional extras (gadget, cruise and winter sports cover)

The second step asks a few questions regarding your health and you may need to tell us about certain conditions.  This simple screening helps us find the right policy and providers for you.

Plus, we only partner with the best travel insurance providers to ensure that you not only get the right cover but that you have complete peace of mind before taking your trip.

With cover from just £13.02*, get a quote today and find the right lymphoma travel insurance for you.

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We’ll only show you quotes from providers who are able to cover emergency medical expenses (including repatriation to the UK) if you catch the virus whilst travelling abroad.

Some of our providers are able to offer additional cover, such as cancellation cover should you catch COVID-19 or have to self-isolate because of suspected symptoms before departure. We’ll make it clear who these providers are when you’re comparing quotes so you can choose the policy that is right for you.

This doesn’t apply to all insurance providers, so unless otherwise stated, for all other sections of cover, you wouldn’t be covered if making a claim as a result of COVID-19.

For more information, we recommend reading our full guide here.

If the FCDO are advising against all, or all but essential travel to your destination at the time of your trip, there will be no, or extremely limited cover provided by your policy.

You can still choose to take out a policy now for a future holiday, but it is very important to note that if the FCDO are still advising against all but essential travel to your destination at the time of your trip, your cover will not be valid.

For more information, we recommend reading our full guide here.

Yes, we’ll need to know if you’ve ever been diagnosed with lymphoma. Our hassle-free medical screening will ensure your quote accurately reflects the severity of your condition and you can compare quotes from our trusted providers. Get a quote today.

Of course! We’re here to help you find travel insurance that covers your lymphoma. We compare policies from over 30 specialist providers to find the correct cover for you, tailored to your individual requirements. Get a quote today and find out just how simple it can be.

While we all want to keep the costs of our holiday down where possible, the cost of your insurance policy will depend on the severity of your condition. This will be determined through an online medical screening and it’s important that your cover accurately reflects your requirements - just in case you should need it. However, it is possible to find cheap cover, and we compare lymphoma cover from as little as £13.02*. Why not get a quote today and see how much you can save?

* Price is based on 1 traveller aged 69, who has declared lymphoma and is travelling to Spain for 7 nights. Price is correct as of December 2020. Prices may vary according to your individual requirements.


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