Overseas travel

Hi ladies,

Just wondering if anyone has had any luck with getting travel insurance? I don't think we are eligible (what a burden we must be!!). I'm considering and hoping to plan a trip to Europe early next year for maybe a month, with my husband and little one year old girl. It's a bit tricky to plan and organise, as I see my oncologist every 6-8 weeks, and I feel like everything can fall apart at any of those appointments....

But everything is going really well for me at the moment! I'm "young" (38) and feel fit and healthy - always have actually. It's just the scans and doctors telling me I'm not. I was first diagnosed with brca in 2009, then metastatic nearly a year ago. I have been taking lynparza (an oral daily tablet) for nearly 3 months which so far is working (yay!) so I feel like this is my chance to do the trip.

I know my health wouldn't suddenly deteriorate while over there - it would just be if 1) I had to cancel flights because my tumor marker suddenly went up, or of more concern 2) I managed to have a fall somehow and broke a bone (the first in my life!). Then I would have medical expenses that wouldn't be covered. But I'm thinking it's worth it without insurance anyway... :)

Any thoughts or advice ladies? 


  • Rosie_BCNARosie_BCNA Moderator Posts: 13
    Hi scientist,
    My name is Rosie and I am a cancer nurse working with the helpline team at BCNA. How exciting to be thinking of an overseas trip even while having to consider the issue of travel insurance! Great to hear you are feeling young and healthy and responding well to your treatment. You may be aware of this information but I'm including the link to the information from the BCNA website as it is very comprehensive. 
    I'm looking forward to seeing what tips and advice you get from the other women. I hope you can enjoy the planning as that should be part of the joy and anticipation of travelling.  :)

  • PamelamaryPamelamary Member Posts: 198
    Hi Scientist,
    I have done a lot of travel with metastatic disease. The information on the website is pretty comprehensive, and I don't think it is possible to insure for anything MBC related. That said, Australia has reciprocal arrangements with a number of European countries so your medical treatment would be covered. I always self-insure to a degree, in that I like to know I could quickly be put on a plane home if necessary. I don't usually book too far ahead either. Just in case.
    Go for it - well worth it!
    Best wishes..... Pam
  • SoldierCrabSoldierCrab Bathurst NSW Member Posts: 1,174
    hi @scientist
     try searching covermore on here quite a few ladies use them, and are happy with them. 

  • AfraserAfraser MelbourneMember Posts: 988
    Covermore is good but you have to be 6 months clear of active treatment/hospital for anything remotely connected to cancer. Can of course cover you for non related illnesses or injury (although I have never had to test this!).
  • Mum_of_OneMum_of_One Member Posts: 19

    Hi Scientist, I recently took my 6 year old son to New York and Orlando for 14 days.I had normal travel insurance through my credit card and tried to get travel insurance specifically for MBC from Covermore. I supplied a letter from my oncologist and all recent scans which showed I was responding to treatment but they still wouldn't cover me.

    I went ahead anyway and didn't have a moments trouble. Have a great trip if you decide to go!

  • mum2jjmum2jj Member Posts: 2,992
    Hi there, what you can do with covermore is get insurance, declare the MBC and they will cover you for anything)no not cancer related. For eg if you bro,e a leg skiing they would cover that as long as it want cancer related. 
    Paula :)
  • TeejayTeejay BrisbaneMember Posts: 18
    Agree with all the comments above.   I have just finished treatment but broke my ankle but as soon as that is repaired I will be travelling with bells on insurance or not.  During chemo I met a lady who had bc 16 years ago and mets 6 years ago.  Ever since she goes overseas every 3 to 6 months with insurance that does not cover the cancer.  Her view is live today don't worry about tomorrow.  She was so positive in her outlook and I now look up to her ie ahead and not backwards.   Go and have fun and make memories 
  • Qgirl42Qgirl42 Member Posts: 23
    I had covermore insurance. 24 hours before our trip to Europe I was diagnosed with secondary breast cancer. I had been 4 years cancer free. 
    Needless to say,  we were devastated. $17K gone. 
    Will be looking at the fine print in the future! 
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