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I have just been diagnosed with lung cancer, I had no symptoms and haven’t been unwell. I went to the Gp after developing a wheeze as I thought I had asthma. I am due to start immunotherapy the middle of June. I am due to go on holiday the middle of next week for 7 days and would like advice on travel insurance

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I had so much trouble getting insurance some so expensive I finally got Its So Easy travel insurance they suited me .....Roy Castle site has lots of links just plough through and I am sure you will find a reasonable one Good Luck

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Prundence007 in reply to Deb231

Hi, try Insurance and go. I got annual insurance with them, unbelievable as I could only get two weeks expensive insurance with others.

Hope this helps. X

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Thank you

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Thank you

Same with me.Try Insure with

Thanks for your advice

Hi Morroco. Get a quote from I have NSCLC and was quoted £47 for a cruise including covid emergencies delays etc. They ask you what medications you are taking and then match the condition to the medication. Good luck for the future and I hope you get your insurance. Janet

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Dear Morocoo_22

Welcome to the forum and so sorry to hear you have been diagnosed with lung cancer.

This link will take you to our booklet on travel and it also has a list of travel insurance providers you could try.

You may have a lot of information and details of support available but if not here are some links below that you may find useful:

All our information booklets can be found on this link:

These range from diagnosis, staging of lung cancer, treatments and living with lung cancer.

This is our booklet on Immunotherapy:

We have a range of support services, from one to one support to online support groups through zoom , if you are interested in any of these you can register through this link: , alternatively you can email our support coordinator at

We offer a one off grant of up to £150 for anyone with lung cancer and you can apply for this through this link:

If there is anything else you would like to discuss you can email ask the nurse at or call our free phone nurse led helpline number on 0800 358 7200 Monday to Thursday 0900-1700 and Friday 0900-1600

Hope you have a great holiday.

Kind regards

The Roy Castle Support Team

Sorry to hear of your unexpected diagnosis - I had similar back in January 2011 - after going to A&E with strange symptoms for me in the October, being readmitted the next day and kept in a week and misdiagnosed as 'uncontrolled asthma'. I had surgery to remove half my left lung and the 7cm tumour in the December and diagnosed in the January. I didn't travel abroad until 2016 as the insurance premiums back then were so disproportionate but since then treatments, outcomes and knowledge have all changed due to research. I've travelled extensively since then for work and leisure. I've found insurance varies dependent on the destination, your mode of travel, other conditions you may have, age, stage of your cancer, treatments you're on and the company.

I use price comparison travel insurance sites like and medical travel compared. Spain is often more expensive as tourists are usually sent to private hospitals. Also premiums have changed since Brexit and if going to Europe, still take your EHIC or get a GHIC - although I guess your timeline might prevent this but it's another form of 'reassurance'.

I've used Covercloud, Allclear, Saga, Staysure, Getgoing, Allianz, AIG, Easyjet, but know especially for advanced cancer (have no idea what stage your cancer is at )insurance with is highly recommended - they only recently restarted offering cover (paused during the pandemic) and I met the founder of who explained they offer cover to those in advanced/palliative stage.

Good luck - hope you enjoy your holiday.

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