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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@pejiota4jack

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

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See 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 think you may have already decided to drive however.

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