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my daughter has decided to go to mayo for a second opinion. I’m worried about her flying. Right now the tumor is growing very aggressively. Is it safe to fly with a tumor?
Liked by Scott, Volunteer Mentor
Good morning @Imp1 While I am not any type of medical professional, and I’d suggest your daughter run this by her physician, I can say my wife had a brain tumor and she traveled by air while she was able. We saw no ill effects from the air travel. The flights we took were of about a two hour duration.
Strength, courage, and peace!
Please let me know how things go! I will be praying for you and her
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Everything is set up for a 2nd opinion at mayo. Her appointment is Tuesday. I will update when we know something. I feel good about her going to mayo. Thank you for your support and prayers! God Bless!
Liked by Colleen Young, Connect Director
Is it safe for patient with brain tumor to fly?
Hi @dimatahsin, and welcome to Connect. You'll notice that I moved your message to the Brain Tumor group. Last year another Connect member asked the same question "Is it safe for a patient with a brain tumor to fly?" If you click VIEW & REPLY you will see the post responses.
I also did some further searching for answers and found this article from the Pacific Neuroscience Institute (https://www.pacificneuroscienceinstitute.org/blog/brain-tumor/is-it-safe-for-patients-with-brain-tumors-to-fly/ ). In a study recently published in the Journal of Neuro-Oncology, “Safety of commercial airflight in patients with brain tumors: a case series,” (Phillips et.al. 2018), researchers reported the safety data for patients with brain tumors. Here is the full study https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s11060-018-2905-6
In short, the study found "Overall, airflight was found to be safe for patients with brain tumors. Nevertheless, if patients have brain tumors and seek to travel by plane, they should have discussions with their neurosurgeon or neuro-oncologist to ensure individual safety."
I'm also tagging @wkindel and @nancye3 who might appreciate this information and have some additional thoughts to add.
Dimatahsin, are you planning to fly for medical treatment? What type of brain tumor do you have? Or are you asking on behalf of a family member?
Hi collen .. thank you for your reply 🙏🏽 My father had diagnosed with brain tumor.. probably it’s a lymphoma and yes we decided to fly for medical treatment. Pray for him 😔
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