The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) has compiled some tips to help cancer patients prepare for their trip that can make traveling a more enjoyable experience. Before you go:
Talk to your doctor: Unfortunately, it isn’t always safe for people in cancer treatment to fly. Make sure you get approval from your doctor, receive any vaccines required for travel, inquire about restrictions while traveling, request a letter stating you have clearance to fly, including the medications you take and your doctor’s contact information.
Research your travel location: Look at the medical resources available where you want to go. Always check the CDC website to see if there are any travel warnings or precautions. Check with hotels to see if they have mini refrigerators available if needed to store medications that need refrigeration.
Pay attention to flight details: When making your plane reservation, think about the details of your flight, including location of your seat and flying nonstop. Contact the airline at least 48 hours before departing to ask about special policies. Inform the airline if you are flying with medical equipment, and order wheelchair assistance at the airport if needed.