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Medical for childhood cancer survivor

Old 27th Sep 2020, 17:43
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Medical for childhood cancer survivor

Hi everyone,
Finally at the age of 32 I've decided to try and realize a lifelong dream of learning to fly, starting with a PPL. I'll do mine in Spain for a variety of reasons and will likely do the medical here too. I'll start with a Class 2 as that's the one needed for the ppl.

I grew up in Russia where I'm originally from. Back in 1992, at the age of 4, I was diagnosed with a neuroblastoma, one of the common cancers in children. It was treated in Zurich with a surgery and 2 rounds of chemo back then and I've been in a complete remission ever since. I don't have any adverse effects from the treatment - you wouldn't even ever know I've had it if there wasn't a scar from the surgery.

For the first few years I had regular follow up scans etc, gradually becoming less frequent until 2002 or so when I was told I don't need those anymore as there is no progression for such a long time.

I was wondering how does it play out at the medical with regards to documentation. I've read the manual and I don't think it should preclude me from flying, but they do say for Class 2 the decision is to be made in consultation with an AME specialist (for Class 1 they say a referral is required).

I don't really have a GP or a "family doctor". I've got the clinic in Moscow where I was doing follow ups back then to write a letter describing the illness, the treatment taken, any follow ups, prognosis and lack of adverse effects - so I'll get this translated to English/Spanish.

Anything else I should be aware of? It's just been so long ago that even digging up the documentation isn't easy, but I'd like to prepare as good as I can.
I'd be grateful for any thoughts/experiences on this.

Thanks so much!!
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Old 22nd Oct 2020, 10:28
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Answering my own question.
A letter from the Russian hospital outlining the course of illness, the treatment taken, the remission length and lack of adverse effects was enough. With a notarized translation into Spanish. The AME was mostly interested in the part where it says there is no adverse impact and no risk of incapacitation. She also double checked that the tumor was NOT in the brain.
So I got my Class 2 with no problems.
I'm wondering if it'd be as simple for Class 1...
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