Going through chemo is rough. It’s easy to put together a chemo care basket or package for your loved one. These are gift items that a cancer patient could really use while going through chemo treatment. These items may not be glamorous, but they are practical and will be greatly appreciated, and what a cancer patient really needs.
Chemo Care Basket or Package
This exact chemo care basket was donated to our hospital’s breast cancer silent auction to raise money for their program. I’ve since updated some of the items. When you are going through chemotherapy, people want to DO something. They want to give you things to take away the pain. That is all well and good, but during chemo, daily survival is pretty much all we think about.
Everyone will have the best of intentions when trying to figure out what to give someone with cancer. Honestly, the fancy gifts are appreciated, but not necessary. If you have ever wondered what to put in a cancer or chemo care package, keep reading. I have the most practical items that she REALLY needs. And when someone is thoughtful enough to give a gift that meets those basic needs, it goes miles beyond.
If you lose your hair while going through chemo, your head gets cold when you sleep. A soft chemo cap makes sleeping a little more comfortable.
I want a pair of these for myself! They are so soft and cozy warm (not to mention adorable), and perfect to wear during long days of chemo, or while resting at home. Oh and PS – they were handmade by a woman supporting her friend through chemo.
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Chemo does a number on your mouth. Your mouth tastes like metal, your taste buds don’t work, and your mouth becomes really dry, which causes another list of issues. Biotene is gentle and was highly recommended by my oncology nurse.
This post-mastectomy breast cancer hoodie sweatshirt with drain pockets is an affordable, comfortable way to manage drains post-mastectomy, or any other surgery that may require them.
Pink Fortitude’s signature product – Gratitude Builds Fortitude Journal. Your choice of gorgeous designs and lined or dot grid for bullet journaling.
It’s an unfortunate side effect of many chemo treatments, not only do you lose your hair, but also your eyebrows and lashes. Your eyebrows frame your face, and are easily “fixed” with a little makeup. I LOVE the Beautycounter all natural and organic line of makeup.
During chemo, your skin gets extremely dry. And not just dry, but that uncomfortable, itchy dry. I LOVE Beautycounter’s Hydrating Body Lotion. Often when going through treatment, your sense of smell is on overdrive, and even the slightest fragrance is bothersome. An unscented or lightly scented lotion is ideal, and extra bonus when it’s all natural! This lightweight, fast-absorbing body lotion that contains a moisturizing blend of marula, mongongo, and safflower seed oils, plus shea and jojoba butters.
During the course of cancer treatment, regardless of what it is, and how long it is, there are many people who will do nice things for the patient. Custom thank you cards in a cheery design will allow for the message to be personalized, yet not cause undo effort for the patient. PS – Shaina, the owner of the shop, has been my exclusive “card girl” since 2015!
The writing is raw – it is an uncensored view of breast cancer treatment and what it’s really like. Holly uses humor and laughter to redefine beauty as she loses part of her breast, all of her hair, and is launched into early menopause. With pop culture references and her quirky sense of humor, Holly’s heartwarming story of love and strength is an encouragement for all women going through cancer treatment.
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Hours and hours of chemo, hours and hours of not feeling well and laying in bed or on the couch. Nothing says BEST.GIFT.EVER. more than a gift card to Amazon.com so they can purchase books (real or electronic) to pass the time. On that note, you can even pay for a year’s subscription to Amazon Prime, Hulu, or Netflix so that your loved one can stream movies and TV shows on her phone or tablet while in treatment and at home resting.
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Other Items to Include or Give
Send a care package with healthy food and snacks and more items such as:
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