Foreign Travel while on Rituximab maintenance

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trevorlynch
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Foreign Travel while on Rituximab maintenance

Hello All,

Does anyone who has been on Rituximab maintenance have any advice regarding travelling abroad?
I've just come off R-CHOP and am about to embark on my two years of maintenance. I have family abroad (Ireland and USA) and would like to be able to visit them. I also need to travel with my job (across Europe and USA, with the potential for trips even further afield).

I guess my question is more related to the health risks of travelling (as opposed to travel insurance). Do you avoid it because of the increased risk of viral infections, or do you just get on with it?

Cheers,

Trevor.

Fairyfolk
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Travel and Rituximab

Hi Trevor
I have just come back from a trip to America and I ended up getting travel Insurance without Lymphoma included. Reason being that every quote I had (and some wouldn't insure me at all) was in the £1400 mark. I finished RCVP in July 2011 and am on 2 years of Maintenance. The problem is that it is still classed as being in treatment. I was told to try ringing as opposed to applying online but it made no difference explaining the situation. I guess they just have a box to tick. I used world first with the exclusion of NHL and this was pretty reasonable. Depending on where you are going and for what reason is whether its worth it or not. I was on a cruise and knew that it would be 40 grand to be airlifted from the ship, however couldn't warrant an extra £1400 ( the trip was booked prior to diagnosis)
I made sure i used hand sanitiser regularly and just try to avoid those potential food hazards. other than that, unless your travel is somewhere that requires vaccinations,I'd say it should be ok. One thing though is that Rituximab is known to cause minor infections, so worth taking Antibiotics with you regardless. Good luck and happy holidays.
Fairy

trevorlynch
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Travel and Rituximab

Thanks Fairy - that is very helpful info

Whitecroft
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Travel on maintenance

Same problem here in that I have a complete remission from Stage IV FNHL and finished R-CHOP last Autumn. Been on 2 monthly Ritux Maint since. So overall good news. But I can't find an insurance company who understands its Maintenance in remission and they all treat it as ongoing chemo. As such it will be another 2 years plus before I can leave the country. I know the USA is always tough for insurance but the best I got for a 4 night trip was either no or £800 - any contacts or brokers appreciated (I have tried all the ones in the threads hove thanks)

trevorlynch
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Travel on maintenance

I'm just trying to get my head around what might actually happen that is related to Lymphoma that would require a hospital visit and potential repatriation.

I like the sound of Fairyfolk's approach in going for travel insurance excluding Lymphoma, so the other bases of theft, accidents, etc are covered. Maybe I'm being naive, but the thought of visiting my sister in the US and ensuring I'm careful with hygiene and food does not fill me with worry that I may get sick.

Whitecroft
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Well I agree and to be honest

Well I agree and to be honest I travel within Europe on that basis as I have annual travel ins that at the moment excludes the NHL. But the risk in my view is not the NHL but the consequences of a secondary issue eg a car accident in the USA where costs of treatment, in the view of the insurance company, are inflated because I had previously had NHL. The other challenge is the impact on those you are travelling with in that they will not be covered by cancellation for NHL either if you exclude. But as you say it's not an aggressive disease in most cases so providing its a holiday just come home. I did a lot of research yesterday and will post the results but by far the best deal was with http://www.freedominsure.co.uk/ who are also in the new Lymphoma Association leaflet. The USA or Canada is still a problem but almost everywhere else in the world was only slightly up on a standard quote to include cover from NHL. Freedom are based in Cambrdge where I am treated and locally have a good reputation on the understanding Lymphoma front

janet
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Travel insurance

Hi,
I've managed to get annual policy with Medici for £109 and am on Rituximab maintenance. This is for Europe. They seemed quite understanding of situation. I tried several others who would not entertain annual policy and gave high quotes for single trip cover. Good luck and happy travels.

Fairyfolk
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Hi
One more thing I forgot to mention is the fact that an insurance company could refer any illness back to the lymphoma, if they decided to be a pain. For example a chest infection (immune system), a fall (weakness due to chemo) but at the same time as Trevor said, you do need cover for a possible broken leg or theft of belongings. I tried to look at the worse case situation as having to get a flight home. With low grade, I think the length of time for test results would allow for this, if you get my drift.
Fairy x

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Re Travel Insurance

I was wondering if anyone has had any success since the last post in sorting insurance? I'm particularly interested in cover for a trip to America whilst on Rituximab maintenance.
Marion x

Whitecroft
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Travel Insurance

Just wondered if anybody has had recent success with travel insurance to USA or Canada?

maryl
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Holiday insurance

I found good to go insurance company very good as I am on maintenance rutiximub and it covered it when I went on a recent trip to Norway. I go abroad 2 or 3 times a year and have not yet paid a great deal extra. However I do find I have to insure each trip separately . I have found travelling really helps my attitude of mind in dealing with the day to day difficulties of living with lymphoma. Good luck and really enjoy your holiday. The lymphoma association also does a very good booklet on travel insurance.