The words “you have cancer” change you and your loved ones forever. We know. We have been there.
But we also know that a prayer, words of encouragement or a small gift can make them feel better!
So, if you are thinking of giving a care package to someone going through chemotherapy, read on.
A person undergoing chemotherapy faces many challenges, both physically and mentally. Chemotherapy can be a long and challenging process. Receiving gifts that bring comfort, ease side effects, and provide distractions from treatment, may help make the process a little easier.
Here is a list of some of the best gifts to include in a chemotherapy care package:
- Lip balm: Keeps lips moisturized during cold treatments while easing chapped or cracked lips.
- Hand cream: Chemotherapy treatment can cause the skin to become dry and itchy. Having a soothing hand cream may help keep skin hydrated and soft.
- Gentle conditioning shampoo: Cancer patients tend to have hair loss. The scalp can also become itchy and sensitive to brushing, combing, and washing, as the hair falls out. A gentle shampoo and conditioner may help someone feel more comfortable.
- Comfortable headwear: At least 65% of patients undergoing chemotherapy lose their hair temporarily. A nice headwear may help them keep cozy and comfortable throughout treatment and beyond.
- Easy open-close accessible shirts: Feeling beautiful, helps patients feel better. Clothing that provides quick, yet discreet access to their chest during treatment, makes infusion sessions easier, whether they have a central line or a port. Beautiful and functional shirts, also help caregivers access their picc line easily, while helping patients dress and undress with ease.
- Fleece-lined socks: Chemotherapy can make some individuals more sensitive to cold. Feeling warm will help them feel comfortable.
- Fleece sweatpants: Comfy sweatpants are key to making them feel warm and comfortable during extended periods of treatment.
- Box of flavored tea (ginger tea): Chemotherapy and radiation therapy can cause nausea and vomiting. Ginger in teas helps soothe nausea and give comfort.
- Sugar free hare candy: Hard candy, such as lemon drops or mints, may help remove the unpleasant metallic taste in the mouth from chemotherapy.
- Headphones: Wireless or plug in headphones are a great gift for someone during chemotherapy. Most treatments patients to listen to music, meditations, or audiobooks.
- Pocket puzzle book: Giving a patient a puzzle to pass the time while they receive treatment can be a good distraction from treatment.
- Coloring books with positive affirmations: There are several options of books with positive messages. “You Are Stronger Than You Think: Cancer Sucks Coloring Book” is an example, that includes positive affirmations that empowers patients during these difficult times.
- Mandala: Chemotherapy treatments can take up to several hours, depending on the types of drugs that healthcare professionals administer to patients. Mandalas are a great gift idea to pass the time and get distracted.
- Magazines and books: Oftentimes while undergoing treatment and going to and from doctors' appointments there is a lot of time to sit and wait. Skimming or reading magazines, helps patients focus attention on other topics.
- Journal: Having a place to express thoughts and feelings or write down any questions one may have for doctors and nurses may also be helpful throughout a patient's journey.
Don´t forget…. feeling loved and supported is the most important thing during this period. Adding personalized items or handwritten notes or messages can also encourage and support people through this challenging time.
Thank you very useful! Makes us remember we are all in this together …
Thank you for sharing. So helpful!
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