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Just looking for some info for a relative.

She is getting treatment for Cancer ,and has been told to be near a hospital or facility that can administer intravenous Antibiotics if she gets any infection.

Does anyone know if the ships carry such medical equipment.They both love Cruising but it maybe to high a risk to take if the medical backup is not there.

Thanks in advance for any advice....Davybe

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2 hours ago, Oldworldtraveller said:

Have they looked at their medical insurance cover to see if the insurance company will cover them for a cruise. I know that some will not cover someone under going treatment for cancer..

Good point will mention it next time we speak....Davybe

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1 hour ago, sinbad10 said:

Apart from the insurance cover problem would she want to put her life at risk by being at sea many miles from land and even then possibly in a foreign country. 

It may be her last chance to cruise, Her Specialist said she just needed to be able to get Antibiotics in her quickly if she got any infection?

From what we talked about yesterday Her Main Concern was Noro Virus ,which seems to be on most ships now...Davybe

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Even the healthiest of people can catch something on a ship whether it be the dreaded Norovirus or the colds that spread through the ship. Personally I wouldn’t take that risk in her position even if she could get insurance which may be highly unlikely. If she wasn’t covered and the necessity arose the bill could be astronomical.... 

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Antibiotics are no use against viral infections only bacterial infections. It's a commonly misunderstood point, that's why the NHS had an educational ad. campaign running at the moment.

I may be wrong but common viral infections are usually left to run their course, the only treatment being for the symptoms and not the infection itself.

RayO

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The chance of her getting travel insurance is very slim if not impossible and although it might be her last chance to cruise it is too much of a risk if no insurance cover and also very expensive. You say her specialist says she would need antibiotics into her quickly which might be a problem in the middle of an ocean. I wish her all the best and pray for a miracle so that perhaps she can cruise in the future.

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I can speak from my own experience, travel insurance is almost impossible while under going treatment. If you did find a company who would cover you the cost could be more than the cruise. I have been cancer free for 5 years and still get problems with cover, ( only because my consultants will not sign me of because I should not have survived).

As much as I love cruising  I would not even have considered it during my treatment. Once I had completed my chemo the first thing I did was go on a cruise as my reward. But due to the drugs I had taken during chemo the seasickness was dreadful. Normally I don’t suffer from any firm of travel sickness but I did that time even on a calm sea.

Best of luck

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The last thing you would want to hear is you Can not, to answer you question yes the medical Centre could put up a drip to give the antibiotics but she would need to have the drugs with her as they would not have them in stock.Cunard could cope with this, yes the insurance cover would be a high cost but some company’s do provide cover, Sombody I knew paid £4000.00 for a 7night cruise post Chemo.

Good luck 

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19 hours ago, Pesky Pirate said:

Even the healthiest of people can catch something on a ship whether it be the dreaded Norovirus or the colds that spread through the ship. Personally I wouldn’t take that risk in her position even if she could get insurance which may be highly unlikely. If she wasn’t covered and the necessity arose the bill could be astronomical.... 

I think they may give a pass until they see how her cancer Treatment is progressing? 

I had a friend who got cancer cover for his wife ,even for a land based holiday .the cover cost twice as much as the holiday....Davybe

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13 hours ago, Jenjen said:

The last thing you would want to hear is you Can not, to answer you question yes the medical Centre could put up a drip to give the antibiotics but she would need to have the drugs with her as they would not have them in stock.Cunard could cope with this, yes the insurance cover would be a high cost but some company’s do provide cover, Sombody I knew paid £4000.00 for a 7night cruise post Chemo.

Good luck 

Thanks will pass that info on to them,As per my last reply they are not booking anything as yet ,waiting to see how her treatment goes....Davybe

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I do think you aften need something to look forward too, even to plan without booking, just the planning even a pipe dream, as I said nothing makes things harder to be told not possible 

well it would work for me, which thankfully I am not in that position 

All the very best Wishes to your family member Davybe and hope they can have a good Christmas

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19 hours ago, Jenjen said:

I do think you aften need something to look forward too, even to plan without booking, just the planning even a pipe dream, as I said nothing makes things harder to be told not possible 

well it would work for me, which thankfully I am not in that position 

All the very best Wishes to your family member Davybe and hope they can have a good Christmas

Thanks Jenjen.

Same to you and yours.

We will be visiting my SIL over Christmas ,and hope she is still in good spirits, she in a positive thinker which in most illnesses helps with the healing process ....Davybe

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