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Foreign travel for advanced cancer patients: a guide for healthcare professionals.

Abstract

The opportunity for a patient with advanced cancer to travel abroad may, for some, be a life affirming event during a dark period in their life. For others, what they hoped to be a time of joy may become an unmitigated disaster if they become unwell while away from the safety net of local cancer services. The rise of low budget airlines and cheaper foreign travel has led to an increase in the number of people travelling by air. Health professionals are more likely to face requests by patients to advise them on travel plans. Although foreign travel is an unrealistic goal for some patients, appropriate forward planning and proactive management can allow some patients to make an important journey abroad. This paper looks at the practical issues facing cancer patients who intend to travel overseas and offers practical advice on considerations that need to be made.

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    Ty Olwen Specialist Palliative Care Unit, Morriston Hospital, Swansea, UK.

    Source

    Postgraduate medical journal 83:981 2007 Jul pg 437-44

    MeSH

    Aerospace Medicine
    Aircraft
    Counseling
    Humans
    Insurance, Health
    Neoplasms
    Patient Education as Topic
    Pharmaceutical Preparations
    Travel

    Pub Type(s)

    Journal Article
    Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
    Review

    Language

    eng

    PubMed ID

    17621611

    Citation

    Perdue, Colin, and Simon Noble. "Foreign Travel for Advanced Cancer Patients: a Guide for Healthcare Professionals." Postgraduate Medical Journal, vol. 83, no. 981, 2007, pp. 437-44.
    Perdue C, Noble S. Foreign travel for advanced cancer patients: a guide for healthcare professionals. Postgrad Med J. 2007;83(981):437-44.
    Perdue, C., & Noble, S. (2007). Foreign travel for advanced cancer patients: a guide for healthcare professionals. Postgraduate Medical Journal, 83(981), pp. 437-44.
    Perdue C, Noble S. Foreign Travel for Advanced Cancer Patients: a Guide for Healthcare Professionals. Postgrad Med J. 2007;83(981):437-44. PubMed PMID: 17621611.
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