Is it safe to fly with a brain tumor?

Posted by lmp1 @lmp1, Sep 5, 2017

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?

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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!

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@lmp1
Please let me know how things go! I will be praying for you and her

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@daniellemarie

@lmp1
Please let me know how things go! I will be praying for you and her

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@daniellemarie @IndianaScott
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!

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Is it safe for patient with brain tumor to fly?

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Hi @dimatahsin, and welcome to Connect.
I 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?

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@colleenyoung

Hi @dimatahsin, and welcome to Connect.
I 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?

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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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I am in my 50’s and a type 2 diabetic.For the past few years there have been autoimmune symptoms that remain undiagnosed. Then in May I began to have double vision. We finally have an appointment with Mayo Clinic next week. The diagnosis at this point is a tumor within the first of the cavernous sinus. It is causing problems with cranial nerves 5 and 6. The pain level today is pretty bad and I love in the middle of Momtana. I know that the vibration of the car will be rough but I worry about the pressure changes of flying. Any input would be appreciated.
Karen

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@pejiota4jack

I am in my 50’s and a type 2 diabetic.For the past few years there have been autoimmune symptoms that remain undiagnosed. Then in May I began to have double vision. We finally have an appointment with Mayo Clinic next week. The diagnosis at this point is a tumor within the first of the cavernous sinus. It is causing problems with cranial nerves 5 and 6. The pain level today is pretty bad and I love in the middle of Momtana. I know that the vibration of the car will be rough but I worry about the pressure changes of flying. Any input would be appreciated.
Karen

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Hi @pejiota4jack, welcome to Connect. I glad to hear that you were able to get an appointment at Mayo Clinic. I can understand your apprehension about flying and cabin pressure if the tumor is causing problems with the cranial nerves and your pain level is high. I'm tagging fellow members, @kmart @mrector @lisakuehl @nancye3 @frit5 @ees1 @pegorr, who I believe may have traveled far for treatment and possibly flown. I hope they can share their experiences.

More specifically, I hope to hear from @jrt26 @julieannarcand and @ees1, who have written about their experiences with cavernous sinus meningioma here:
– Cavernous sinus meningioma https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/cavernous-sinus-meningioma/

Jack, have you talked to your local doctor or the neurology department at Mayo to ask about travel and things they recommend to make flying comfortable?

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@pejiota4jack

I am in my 50’s and a type 2 diabetic.For the past few years there have been autoimmune symptoms that remain undiagnosed. Then in May I began to have double vision. We finally have an appointment with Mayo Clinic next week. The diagnosis at this point is a tumor within the first of the cavernous sinus. It is causing problems with cranial nerves 5 and 6. The pain level today is pretty bad and I love in the middle of Momtana. I know that the vibration of the car will be rough but I worry about the pressure changes of flying. Any input would be appreciated.
Karen

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Hi, While I didn't fly for my gamma knife and my cyberknife treatments, drove from Montana to Seattle,Washington, I have flown with head pain since. I find that if I put on my Bose noise cancelling, over the ear head phones it keeps the pressure down and the pain minimal. I hope this helps, but maybe someone else will have a better idea. Wishing you all the best. peg p.s. flying in October with 3 remaining tumors.

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@pegorr

Hi, While I didn't fly for my gamma knife and my cyberknife treatments, drove from Montana to Seattle,Washington, I have flown with head pain since. I find that if I put on my Bose noise cancelling, over the ear head phones it keeps the pressure down and the pain minimal. I hope this helps, but maybe someone else will have a better idea. Wishing you all the best. peg p.s. flying in October with 3 remaining tumors.

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Thanks for the reply! My husband wants to drive so that we can take it slow.

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@pegorr

Hi, While I didn't fly for my gamma knife and my cyberknife treatments, drove from Montana to Seattle,Washington, I have flown with head pain since. I find that if I put on my Bose noise cancelling, over the ear head phones it keeps the pressure down and the pain minimal. I hope this helps, but maybe someone else will have a better idea. Wishing you all the best. peg p.s. flying in October with 3 remaining tumors.

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Praying for the greatest possible result for your October appointment. Karen

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@pegorr

Hi, While I didn't fly for my gamma knife and my cyberknife treatments, drove from Montana to Seattle,Washington, I have flown with head pain since. I find that if I put on my Bose noise cancelling, over the ear head phones it keeps the pressure down and the pain minimal. I hope this helps, but maybe someone else will have a better idea. Wishing you all the best. peg p.s. flying in October with 3 remaining tumors.

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I’m flying from Washington to Mayo for my Ovarian Cancer that returned . I trust my Doctors at Mayo .

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