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Going Through Airport and Cruise Security During Treatment

Posted on the 01 February 2012 by Jean Campbell

If you feel well enough to travel during treatment and your doctor gives you the okay, a vacation is a great “time out” from all things cancer.

treatmentHowever there are a few things you will need to consider if you are flying or cruising and have to go through a security system.

Chemo Treatment Ports and Metal Detectors

An implanted port (chest or arm) or an under-the-skin pump may set off the metal detector, so:

  • Carry an identification card for your device.
  • If you do not have the ID card for your port or pump, ask your doctor for a note.
  • The note needs to be on the doctor’s letterhead.
  • The note needs to describe the type, purpose, and location of the device.
  • Carry the ID card or note with you, to show the security personnel, if necessary.

Tissue Expanders and Metal Detector Wands

If you have a tissue expander in place because you are having breast reconstruction, you may have a magnet in the expander. The magnet is there to help your plastic surgeon find the valve for inserting saline to the expander.

A hand-held metal detector wand will usually pick up such a magnet, so:

  • Ask your surgeon for a note or ID card that explains where the magnet is and why you have it
  • Be sure to have the ID card or note ready to show to the security staff.

Treatment Syringes Need to go through the X-ray Machines

If you will be carrying an injectable medicine:

  • Get a letter from your doctor.
  • Make sure the letter states the reason for your injectable medicine
  • The note will need to describe the medicine.
  • Be sure to make copies of your prescriptions for these and any medicines you are bringing and carry them on you

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