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Hi all

As mentioned previously we are looking at planning lots of nice things over the next few months with my dad. I just wondered what happens with the above - we were looking at a weekend at center parcs which is obviously quite costly. I know things can change over night with pc so wondered if anyone had advice about how to manage this in case dad wasn't well enough to go ...

Thanks x

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Mrs Happy,

As a PC sufferer myself I tend to only book either day trips or things last minute. How you feel can change from hour to hour so it is probably best not to look too far ahead. It is frustrating as you do have to live for the minute! I hate letting people down so I don't put this pressure on myself and always add "yes, if I feel well enough". When you do take your Dad away, make sure you take his medical notes with him so that if you need to go to A&E somewhere they have some idea of where to start with regard treatment. I have considered hiring a motor home for a week, so that if I do have an off day I can just nap and chill out, but still get to see nice things and do things at my own pace.


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PCUK Nurse Dianne

Hi Mrs Happy,

Toodotty's advice is sound, and i think you would find that most places may re-imburse your money if you mention the situation. There are some travel insurance companies that will specifically cover the cost of travel/holidays etc for patients with a cancer diagnosis. It might be helpful for you to touch base with us as we can give you some names of companies that other families have found beneficial. Some of these companies offer very good rates so you might find that this is an option, then you may have some recourse to be able to make a claim if Dad is unwell at the time of the planned holiday.

Please feel free to touch base with us next week if that would be helpful.

With kind regards,


Pancreatic Cancer Specialist Nurse

Pancreatic Cancer UK

Support phone line: 0808 801 0707

Email: nurse@pancreaticcancer.org.uk

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