In the Air
A risk for all airline travelers on long flights is developing
(DVT). DVT is a blood clot that forms in the deep veins of the lower body, primarily the legs. The clot can migrate to the lungs causing potentially catastrophic complications, including
Cancer patients are susceptible to blood clots, so walking around once every hour to increase circulation is encouraged. Your doctor may also recommend taking a blood thinner before the flight and wearing compression stockings. Discuss this with your doctor especially if you will be on a flight for longer than eight hours.
Also, while you are on the plane, remember to stay hydrated. Drink plenty of bottled water. It is also a good idea to bring meal replacement drinks and snacks in case you will not be served a meal on the plane. In general, you are able to bring food items that are wrapped through the security checkpoint. There may be restrictions however, and you should arrive well ahead of schedule in case of long lines. Before you leave, check the Transportation Security Administrations website for information on food and drink restrictions, and traveling with a medical condition.
Remember, too, that if you do not feel well on the plane, alert the crew right away. They are trained to assist in medical emergencies.
Once you return home, you should see your doctor for a check-up. Make this appointment before you leave for your destination.
Be sure to tell your doctor if you have any unusual symptoms. These may even occur months after you return. In some cases, you may need to see a doctor who specializes in travel medicine.