• Airplane travel

    Asked by Journey on Saturday, June 1, 2013

    Airplane travel

    After having a lobectomy and chemo, is it possible to fly? I was told not to go to elevations above 6,000-7,000 feet. My mountain hiking days are over, but since airplanes are pressurized, would that be a problem?

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    • Peroll's Avatar

      I work for a little airliner manufacturing company here in Seattle and am sorry to inform you that most airliners are pressurized to the equivalent of 8,000 feet. The new 787 Dreamliner is pressurized to an equivalent of 6,000 feet so it should be a little better but since there are only about 50 in service to date that probably won't help. I would ask the Dr to explain why he does not want you to go to high elevations. There are a lot of populated places in the US that are much higher than 6,000 ft and it is almost impossible to drive across the Rock Mountains without exceeding 6,000 ft so any travel may be limited. Good Luck.

      over 4 years ago
    • CAS1's Avatar

      Your Dr. is the best person to answer but I was told not to fly for 3-6 months after my surgery because the pressure can cause the lung with surgery to explode..its a big deal so check it out.

      But do not think that your days of Mountain hiking are over. My lung capacity is at 80 % and I am really just now getting into harder exercise. And I have radiation damage to my r lung also.
      I have every intent to improve to 90%. Can't do it if I don't think it.
      So please don't limit yourself ..You can do it..I know you can.

      over 4 years ago
    • SueRae1's Avatar

      I 2nd Cams advice, your oncologist is the person to answer this question.

      over 4 years ago
    • CraiginPA's Avatar

      FYI, "squanch" on inspire.com has experience with that issue. It took a while, but eventually she was able to travel by airplane again.


      about 4 years ago

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