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: 9th Sep 2022

Can I get travel insurance if I have prostate cancer?

With Medical Travel Compared, you can access quotes for specialist insurance policies covering a wide range of different pre-existing medical conditions – including prostate cancer.

You can compare quotes from up to 30 leading insurers in order to find travel insurance to suit your specific needs.

A standard travel insurance policy might usually cover you for cancellation, curtailment, lost or stolen personal belongings, emergency medical expenses, and travel delay to name a few – however, a specialist travel insurance policy that includes prostate cancer cover will usually include extended cover benefits helping you in case of medical emergencies or more.

If you have had or are receiving treatment for prostate cancer, it is highly recommended to acquire a policy that can sufficiently keep you covered and give you peace of mind. Therefore, you can enjoy your holiday safe in the knowledge that you’re protected should anything unexpected happen while you’re abroad.

Get a quote

Specialist Medical Cover

We only work with providers who specialise in covering pre-existing conditions.

Save Money

No discounts. No pressure. We’ll always show you the best prices from providers.

Can I fly with prostate cancer?

If you have been diagnosed with prostate cancer and are looking into booking a flight – it’s always advised to consult your doctor beforehand. In many cases, it’s perfectly fine to fly, but you should always consider how you feel within yourself especially.

You need to consider how sitting in a confined area for a certain length of time might not be ideal if you have issues with your bladder or experience certain aches and pain in your back, hip or pelvis.

However, there are no strict medical restrictions around the length of flight you can or can’t take or even rules for flying in general – unless your doctor suggests otherwise based on your own personal circumstances with regards to surgery or any other form of treatment.

Dr Sarah Jarvis, MBE

Top tips for travelling with prostate cancer

Dr Sarah Jarvis is the Clinical Director of the Patient Platform, an active medical writer, broadcaster, and the resident doctor for BBC Radio 2.

More and more people are surviving cancer and having cancer certainly shouldn't mean you'll never get away with family and friends again. But cancer, and treatment for cancer, can definitely affect your energy levels, your chance of getting infections and more. However, with the right timing and the correct precautions, there is no reason you shouldn't be able to enjoy time away with your loved ones.

Prostate Cancer UK has created this helpful fact sheet to help you to get prepared for travelling abroad with prostate cancer.

You can also check out my full guide with tips for travelling.

Find out more
Coastal pathway

Can I fly after prostate cancer treatment?

As mentioned above, the possibilities for flying after treatment for prostate cancer vary depending on the patient’s situation and what has been advised by their specialist, GP or surgeon – but generally speaking, prostate cancer patients can fly after or during treatment or in the weeks following surgery.

There are a number of considerations to bear in mind with regards to prostate cancer treatment and travel. For example, certain types of radiotherapy for prostate cancer treatment can set off airport radiation sensors. Therefore, it is important to consider acquiring a letter from your doctor to explain anything related to your condition – i.e. the need for you to travel with certain types of medication that may be restricted in specific countries.

If you’ve recently undergone prostate cancer surgery, you will need to have a chat with the hospital surgeon about how soon you can fly post-surgery.

Remember – you should avoid flying or travelling altogether if you do not feel physically well enough to do so.

Can I get travel insurance cover after prostate cancer treatment?

You can get holiday insurance after cancer treatment. Medical Travel Compared enables you to compare quotes for prostate cancer travel insurance even after you’ve declared the fact that you’ve had treatment during the medical screening process.

For instance, you’re likely to be asked whether you have had hormone therapy treatment related to your prostate cancer diagnosis. Answering the medical screening questions as accurately as possible will enable us to find insurers that provide the right level of cover for you.

It’s important to consider the fact that many insurers may refuse to cover you depending on the severity of your treatment. It’s also worth noting that while your premium may be affected, it’s much more worthwhile to get a policy with all the necessary policy benefits tailored to your personal situation.

As well as offering specialist travel insurance for people who have had prostate cancer treatment, we also give you the option to upgrade your cover to suit your trips. So whether you also need winter sports cover, a specialist cruise policy or just want to ensure your gadgets are protected, we have range of great add-ons.

Get a quote

Rated Excellent

Trusted by thousands of people like you who've reviewed us on Trustpilot.

Save Time

No phone calls or paperwork. Join millions who've sorted cover online in minutes.

Frequently Asked Questions

It is simple and quick to do! After you've told us about your trip details and answered some medical history questions you can add your pre-existing conditions, one by one, for each traveller. You'll only need to enter your details once, it's all online and there's no need to call, or provide details of your conditions in writing.

Once you've declared all of your relevant pre-existing medical conditions, we'll only show you quotes based on the conditions you have told us about.

Yes, we'll need to know if you or any traveller on your policy has ever suffered from a cancerous condition. So, this could be a condition that is present now or a condition that you've had in the past and have made a full recovery from. But don't worry, we'll ask you a set of questions relating to your condition to take your individual circumstances into account.
Nearly all insurance policies will come with cancellation cover included. Cancellation cover will start as soon as you buy your single trip policy, or your policy start date for an annual trip (so you may want to start this cover as soon as possible). Cancellation cover will help you with the cost of your trip, including flights, accommodation and, in some cases pre-paid excursions. The cover limits will be the amount per person.
You should tell us about the medical condition that required the procedure/operation. We will then ask about any treatments in the follow-up questions if this information is necessary.

* Price is based on 1 traveller aged 61, who has declared Prostate Cancer and is travelling to France for 7 nights. The price is correct as of April 2024. Prices may vary according to your individual requirements.

Trusted by people
just like you

Don't just take our word for it...

If we're unable to help you find cover for a pre-existing medical condition, the Money Helper Directory has listings of companies that may be able to assist you. Further details can be found on their website.

Related Products