Whidbey General Hospital

Traveling During Treatment

We encourage people who are on chemotherapy to travel if they wish, but there are some considerations to keep in mind to help ensure a safe and enjoyable trip.
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Travel Checklist


Put Prescriptions and Paperwork in your Carry-on Bag

1.  Put prescription medications in original bottles with your name and instructions

      • Regular medications: En
      • ough for all doses while traveling plus a few extra “just in case”
      • Medications used only as needed: headache, pain, anti-nausea, or diarrhea
      • Antibiotics if your provider feels you may need them
      • Sunscreen of at least SPF 30
      • Green card to accompany any medicinal marijuana
      • Note from provider regarding any syringes/needles you may have
      • Hand sanitizer – travel size
      • Insect repellent
      • Small first aid kit

2. Paperwork

      • Recent office note or summary of health condition
      • Special instructions for items such as “Port-a-cath” or other catheters
      • Up-to-date list of medications and ordering provider
      • Name of pharmacy and contact information
      • Travel insurance or notes on discussion of travel needs with tour guides


Other Items to Remember

    • Hat for bald heads
    • Compression garment if you have lymphedema
    • Compression hose or leg exercises to prevent blood clots
    • Mask for crowded areas
    • Wheelchair ordered for airport or long walks in locations such as theme parks or college campuses
    • Oxygen tank at destination if needed
    • Bottled water
    • Arrange for appointments at another clinic if you might need treatment/lab draws – before you leave home
    • Know about emergency medical resources where you are going
    • Small pillow for sleeping while traveling
    • Avoid eating at buffets/salad bars


Dietary Considerations - Avoid these Food Items!

    • Unpasteurized milk/milk products – including raw milk yogurt
    • Unwashed fresh fruit and vegetables – especially leafy veggies
    • Unpasteurized fruit juice, cider
    • Raw/undercooked beef, meat, poultry and shellfish
    • Sushi/sashimi
    • Undercooked or raw eggs


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Dr. John Hassapis, Renee Yanke, ARNP and Dr. John Hoyt serve on the Whidbey General Cancer Care Committee.


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