Travel: In Treatment
During chemotherapy or radiation treatment, your immune system may be low which leads to a greater risk of infection. You may also be fatigued.
Ask your doctor:
- Is it okay to travel to the place you want to go for the period of time you want to go?
- If so, when is the best time for you to travel? There may be a period of time between treatments when your immune system is at its highest, and fatigue at its least. Try to avoid travel when your white blood cells are expected to be low.
- Whether there is anything in particular you should be aware of about the trip because of your condition, the treatment or your particular situation.
Once cleared to travel, for information about how to travel by airplane while minimizing risk of infection, click here. As you will see, minimizing risk starts with planning your trip. For additional information about travel with a health condition, click here.
- If you have a catheter or other surgical wound, learn how to change the dressing. Take enough supplies with you to change the dressing several times
- Plan to pack the medications you will need during the travel period – plus a few extra days worth “just in case.”