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Traveling with Cancer

Posted 3/10/2015

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  A cancer diagnosis absolutely does not mean the end of your travel adventures. It may actually mean the beginning of more adventurous or more frequent trips. We all know about Bucket Lists that often include exotic destinations. There is also the more prosaic resolution to visit relatives or friends more often, to just get out of town for a week-end, or to actually take all of one's vacation time.

  It can take a bit more thought and planning to put a trip together, but there is rarely a time when it is impossible. Indeed, I have known a number of very ill people who took lots of trips. Sometimes treatment can be postponed or even given in another location. Having a change of routine and scenery is always a boost.

  This is an article that I wrote a couple of years ago for Cure Today. Here is the start and a link to read more. The summary statement is, if you want to go somewhere, assume that it can be possible. Talk with your doctor if you have worries about your stamina or vulnerability or health, but start planning.

Have Cancer, Will Travel
With planning, most patients and survivors can experience the rejuvenation that comes with getting away.
By Hester Hill Schnipper

You may have finished your cancer treatment but still feel more fatigued or vulnerable than usual, or you may be currently on active treatment. Either way, dreaming about and planning a trip—and then experiencing new places and people—can be an effective prescription.

There are certainly times when a trip is not possible because of cancer. But more often, it is. And though cancer or its treatment may make travel more challenging, your experience with the disease can also increase the value of your time away. Whether you leave town for a far-away destination or a quiet weekend nearby, it is the change of scenery and the reminder that a world exists outside of cancer that are important. For some patients, thinking about a vacation as a reward at the end of treatment or a transition to recovery may be a positive motivator through difficult months. During treatment, a trip may provide the rare opportunity to be surrounded by strangers who are oblivious to your diagnosis.


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