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Chemo Patients Care and Gifts for them

Chemo Patients Care and Gifts for them

Finding the right gift for your friends and family can be tough. It can be even tougher if they're undergoing cancer treatment or are caring for someone who is suffering from it. After all, you may be trying to make the holidays extra special during a difficult time facing by them.

List of some Gifts for Cancer Patients

Natural moisturizer for dry skin:

It is crucial that a simple, non-synthetic lotion be used. Forget the mainstream brands that claim to be “hypoallergenic.” These contain petroleum products and are harsh. Body butters containing natural ingredients like coconut oil, cocoa butter, jojoba, and/or aloe oil, and pure essential oils are excellent. Like the soaps, these are found in health food stores.


DVD or digital movies help pass the time. Comedies, a favorite TV series, documentaries, and things that make us laugh are great.

Coloring books and coloring supplies:

Actual studies revealed that coloring provided positive therapeutic effects to cancer patients. The simple, peaceful activity allows a person to zone out and keeps their mind from negative thoughts. In my local cancer clinic, even the nurses use coloring books to de-stress after a long work shift.

Gift cards: Luxuries like a spa treatment or essentials like grocery, gas, or clothing are welcomed treats.

Antibacterial, alcohol free and perfume free cleansing wipes for sensitive skin:

Many patients will need these for the most intimate areas. And these areas are the most sensitive.

Personal size Kleenex:

Many treatments cause watery eyes and/or a constantly drippy nose. Pocket sized tissues are very useful.

Gentle antibacterial hand gel:

Gel without harsh perfume.


Socks with fun, bright patterns. To keep the feet warm during hospital stays or while in a chemo chair.

Personal pillows:

Very practical after surgery and the individual needs to prop his or her body in certain positions to get a decent night’s sleep. Also handy during hospital stays or in a chemo chair.

Coffee/Tea mug:

with fun, upbeat patterns or sayings.

Stuffed animals:

Something soft to hug is a morale booster for young patients and many adults are receptive to these fun, cheerful items.

Your friendship and love:

Compassion, the friendship of another human being, is the best gift of all.

Gift baskets:

Gift baskets with a little bit of this and that make the gift feel more personal. Stuffing baskets with slippers, a comfy robe, hand sanitizer, a good moisturizing lotion, books, restaurant gift cards, a journal, framed pictures of family and friends, a soft and comfy blanket and handwritten letters.

One-time house cleaning:

While anyone is undergoing anal cancer treatment, bought a one-time house cleaning.

The house cleaning was an amazing gift that touched more than anything. It was a much needed gift for the whole team of caregiver.

A rolling suitcase:

A breast cancer survivor, recommends giving a rolling suitcase or tote bag, so patients and caregivers can carry their books, tablets, blankets and anything else they need through the halls.

Things that make them feel special:

• Ask permission: Before visiting, giving advice, and asking questions, asks if it is welcome. Be sure to make it clear that saying no is perfectly okay.

• Make plans: Don’t be afraid to make plans for the future. This gives your friend something to look forward to, especially with the sometimes long and drawn out cancer treatment.

• Be flexible: Make flexible plans that are easy to change in case something comes up or your friend needs to cancel or reschedule.

• Laugh together: Be humorous and fun when appropriate and when needed. A light conversation or a funny story can make a friend’s day.

• Allow for sadness: Do not ignore uncomfortable topics or feelings.

• Check in: Make time for a check-in phone call. Let your friend know when you will be calling. Also, let your friend know that it is okay not to answer the phone.

• Offer to help: Many people find it hard to ask for help. However, your friend will likely appreciate the offer. You can offer to help with specific tasks, such as taking care of children, taking care of a pet, or preparing a meal. However, if your friend declines an offer, don’t take it personally.

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