Tommy Lloyd
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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.

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 the best policy 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 prostate cancer travel insurance policy will usually include extended cover benefits.

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.

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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

Sarah is the Clinical Director of the Patient Platform, an active medical writer, broadcaster, and is 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.

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Can I fly after prostate cancer treatment?

As mentioned above, the possibilities for flying after treatment for prostate cancer are dependent 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 after prostate cancer treatment?

You can get travel 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.

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Frequently Asked Questions

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.

It's really 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 Spain for 7 nights. Price is correct as of December 2019. Prices may vary according to your individual requirements.

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