• Items Must have for chemo appointment

    Asked by DMD123 on Thursday, February 7, 2019

    Items Must have for chemo appointment

    9 Answers from the Community

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    • LiveWithCancer's Avatar

      Hi, there are several (or more) blogs here on WhatNext related to this question, but I'll tell you what I took. What I took early on and what I take now are two different things, but my treatments no longer last as long as they did when I first started getting them.

      1. My mom and husband. Neither goes with me any longer, but they went for the first year or two of treatment.
      2. My phone and tablet and a charger, if needed. These days, I would also take earphones or earbuds and have some Netflix movies downloaded. Or a good book, except my concentration has gotten too bad to enjoy books all that much any more.
      3. Some people take a light blanket. I did at first, but my chemo treatment center had them so it was not necessary to take my own.
      4. Water and snacks. Again, my treatment center had/has both, but I don't always like their snacks and it is easier to have my own water.
      5. Lotion, cream, lip balm if you have dry skin/lips.
      6. Questions that you have, written down as they occur, so that you don't forget them.
      7. A good attitude.
      8. Hope.

      There are probably other things people take that I am missing. You can probably search the blogs for long lists of things to take or someone can give you the links to them.

      Good luck! It is not easy, but it is doable.

      8 months ago
    • po18guy's Avatar

      It greatly depends on the drug regimen. My treatments have run the gamut from 2 minute syringe injections to several hour infusions, plus an hour and a half or more lab and prep time and then de-access time - making for an eight hour day. If you are being treated for DLBCL, it is probably R-CHOP, R-CHOEP or similar. The "R" (Rituxan) is known to produce allergic reactions which require Benadryl, and monitoring so you may simply fall asleep.

      It also depends upon whether the center uses chairs or beds. Reclined in a bed with a warm blanket over you, it can be off to la la land until that rude awakening when it's time to go. What to take? A good book, phone, any hobby that can be done while in the chair or bed.

      8 months ago
    • cllinda's Avatar

      My sister in law made me a chemo bag. It was about the size of a diaper bag and had pockets. It was filled with tissues, lemon drops, ginger candy, lotion, pen, paper, hand sanitizer, a word search book and more. I took it with every time. I also added a fleece blanket and slippers. The bag stayed packed and when I had chemo, I took it with me.

      8 months ago
    • myb's Avatar

      I made a list to remember my items to bring to every colon cancer treatment, The most important that my husband also reminded me was my chemo pump. Others were a small gel pillow for snoozing on the 2 hour ride home, gluten free snacks IF I got hungry, gloves (to ward off the tingly feeling when I touched something cold or the air was cold. fully charged cell, book, travel mug of hot tea, notebook to write in, my bi-weekly notes for ONC to review which listed what meds I took, side effects, how I felt, how much exercise I got in, bowel movements, ...

      8 months ago
    • GregP_WN's Avatar

      One of our most popular blog posts ever is "Be Prepared - 22 Things to Bring to Chemo" Here is the link>> http://bit.ly/1E8wZmW it has been shared more than 177 thousand times on Facebook alone. Another is "Things to Bring to Chemo - Part II" here is the link to it>> http://bit.ly/1ftuUFJ We wish you the best as you start with this. Check in often with your problems and questions, there are always helpful folks here to guide and support you along the way.

      8 months ago
    • Vickyjowyo's Avatar

      I, too have a prepared chemo bag. I added a neck pillow and it helps keep me comfortable in the chair.

      8 months ago
    • HeidiJo's Avatar

      I also had a chemo bag. Snacks, blanket, things to do....I always brought someone with me for support. but honestly I snoozed much of the time because they put Benedryl in my drip

      8 months ago
    • Schlegel's Avatar

      A sweater as most infusion centers purposely keep it cool to minimize nausea, a snack or snacks, something to do -- a book, knitting or needlepoint, a work activity.

      8 months ago
    • IKickedIt's Avatar

      Fuzzy slipper socks (or slippers). My feet would always be cold (even during the summer) and wearing shoes while in the treatment chair just wasn't comfortable and I didn't want to have to bother putting my shoes on when I had to get up and use the bathroom.

      My chemo center provided blankets and pillows. Most days, I had a friend come with me and we'd chat, play backgammon or cards. If I was by myself, I'd have my earbuds and music, a puzzle book, magazines that had piled up. And a fully-charged phone and phone charger,

      I would repack my chemo bag as soon as I got home and put it away so I didn't have to see it as a reminder.

      8 months ago

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