Travelling with testicular cancer
At AllClear, we understand that travelling with testicular cancer may take more preparation and planning but that as long as your doctor has declared you fit to travel, it shouldn’t interfere with your trip.
From destination to accommodation there are certain things you’ll want to consider. Planning your trip well in advance will mean you’re prepared and able to fully enjoy your break.
Read our top tips on travelling with testicular cancer:
Planning your trip
- Depending on the stage of your testicular cancer, you’ll probably want to speak to your GP before travelling so they can advise the best time for you to travel. They can also advise on destinations, as well as which activities to try and to avoid so as not to overexert yourself on your trip.
- If you’ve been having chemotherapy for your testicular cancer, you might feel lethargic and become easily fatigued, so consider somewhere you can get to within a couple of hours. Europe is full of fun destinations within a couple hours travel time so you should easily find the perfect place to explore.
Travelling with your medication
- If you’re taking any specific medication for testicular cancer and will need this when you travel, make sure you get enough from your doctor to last the duration of the trip. It’s a good idea to get a few extra days supply in case unexpected delays come up. Also try to keep your medication in its original packaging with your name clearly printed on it so that customs know exactly what it contains. Pack these in your hand luggage bags in case your checked luggage gets delayed or lost.
- If you are currently doing any forms of daily exercises for your condition, be sure to ask your doctor to provide you with a written regime to adhere to during your travels.
Flying with testicular cancer
- Depending on the stage of your cancer, you may want to consider booking priority boarding and an aisle seat to make it more comfortable for yourself. If you feel you need to use the bathroom frequently, this can make the journey more convenient for you. Be sure to stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water during the flight.
Your EHIC and travel insurance
- If you’re travelling within Europe, you’ll be entitled to an EHIC (European Health Insurance Card) which you can get free of charge through the NHS.
- The EHIC offers you free or low cost medical treatment in the country you’re visiting; however, you will still need travel insurance for your testicular cancer too.
Enjoying your time away
- Your doctor or oncologist may have suggested you try to live a healthier lifestyle to aid recovery and help to keep the risks of the cancer returning down.
This may include:
- Not smoking to lower the risk of getting testicular cancer in the other testicle, if both aren’t affected. Try avoiding smoky areas and if you’re travelling with people who smoke, ask them to be respectful of your condition and to not smoke around you.
- Eating healthily while on holiday and staying hydrated will ensure you get to enjoy your holiday fully.
- Avoid tap water or anything which has been washed in tap water.
- Chemotherapy and certain medications can increase your skin’s sensitivity to direct sunlight. Taking care while in the sun by always using the appropriate SPF when out and about (SPF 20 or higher) is strongly recommended.
Read our helpful guide on testicular cancer travel insurance