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Is it difficult to travel with lung cancer and emphysema?

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Dr. Sarah Kohl
Travel Medicine
3 doctors agree

In brief: A little bit

Traveling with lung disease can be slightly more complicated.
Planning for routine medications, including oxygen takes some advanced planning. Discuss your plans with both your pulmonologist and your travel medicine specialist prior to booking the tickets. If you need oxygen while flying you need to arrange for special canisters or machines. Also plan how to mange a flare up at your destination.

In brief: A little bit

Traveling with lung disease can be slightly more complicated.
Planning for routine medications, including oxygen takes some advanced planning. Discuss your plans with both your pulmonologist and your travel medicine specialist prior to booking the tickets. If you need oxygen while flying you need to arrange for special canisters or machines. Also plan how to mange a flare up at your destination.
Dr. Sarah Kohl
Dr. Sarah Kohl
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Dr. Ritesh Rathore
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Needs planning

Both emphysema and lung cancer reduce the lung capacity for oxygen transfer into the blood.
Tests such as pft, oxygen saturation and type of cancer treatments (surgery, radiation, etc) can help assess lung function. Your doctor then optimize the medicines needed (inhalers, nebulizers, etc) and may recommend oxygen use especially if traveling by air.

In brief: Needs planning

Both emphysema and lung cancer reduce the lung capacity for oxygen transfer into the blood.
Tests such as pft, oxygen saturation and type of cancer treatments (surgery, radiation, etc) can help assess lung function. Your doctor then optimize the medicines needed (inhalers, nebulizers, etc) and may recommend oxygen use especially if traveling by air.
Dr. Ritesh Rathore
Dr. Ritesh Rathore
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