• Our Blog Post today is about gifts that are good for cancer patients. Take a look at it and add something that you think is a good one.

    Asked by GregP_WN on Thursday, August 16, 2018

    Our Blog Post today is about gifts that are good for cancer patients. Take a look at it and add something that you think is a good one.

    Sometimes people want to help us patients but they don't know what to get or how to help. These are just a few examples. What else can you add to the list? What is the greatest gift you have received from someone while going through treatments? Read the post here>> https://www.whatnext.com/blog/posts/gifts-cancer-patients-will-appreciate

    11 Answers from the Community

    11 answers
    • MarciaLynn's Avatar

      A friend gave me some hand crocheted hats that came in handy for keeping my head warm when I lost my hair. Another suggestion would be packaged snacks, trail mix, nuts, etc., that you know the patient likes. Books and magazines, if the patient enjoys reading, are other great options. But, best of all are cards, notes, visits, phone calls and PRAYERS!

      8 months ago
    • MarciaLynn's Avatar

      In addition to my previous post, a thoughtful idea is a gift of home made soup, casseroles, etc. My neighbors occasionally brought food over and my family as well as I truly appreciated it. Another suggestion is to take the patient for an outing, short walk, whatever they are able to do. Show them support and love . . .

      8 months ago
    • Ejourneys' Avatar

      Seeing a gas card on your list of gift ideas reminded me of this email I received on August 2 and that I share with my legislators when I call about health care. The email was forwarded to volunteers at a foundation that helps cancer patients and their families in my county:

      "We have been working with several patients whose insurance doesn’t work at any local oncologist. Several patients are having to go to [a city 30 miles away] for medical oncology due to this, and these are some of the ones who can least afford the gas. A husband wanted to meet with me yesterday while she was in treatment, just to say (with tears), how much the gas cards were making it possible for her to get to chemo. He wanted me to 'tell the foundation.'"

      Another gift card idea is for music downloads. My must-have item during chemo, other than my water bottle, was my MP3 player. If the person prefers ebooks, you can give a gift card for free ebook downloads (can also give one for hardcopy books).

      An alternative (or supplement) to the V-neck shirts is button-front shirts. I preferred those to V-necks because they protected my skin against the sun (I received chemo during a Florida summer) and could then be unbuttoned for port access.

      The best gift I received during treatment was from a friend who took me to lunch and gave me a mug that said, "Courageous." During chemo that mug held ginger tea (another gift idea) to help me fight nausea.

      8 months ago
    • cllinda's Avatar

      My favorite gift from my sister in law was a diaper bag full of all kinds of things that were perfect for the chemo center. She put it in a diaper bag that had a lot of pockets. It was perfect. She had lip balm, tissues, a water bottle with a filter system, socks, ginger candy, a word search book, peppermint candy, lotion, and more. It was wonderful. And very useful.

      8 months ago
    • geekling's Avatar

      A ride.

      To the pharmacy, to treatment, to people watch or try to relax in Nature.

      Of course, with anal cancer, sitting isnt such a great idea.

      A room or house cleaning

      Just about anything is greatly appreciated.

      A silk blouse or shorts or scarf or ... to cover the radiation area.

      Just dont forgeddaboud your sick friends.


      8 months ago
    • myb's Avatar

      I had blogged about going for a massage as soon as I felt over the effects of each chemo and could drive. A friend surprised me with a free massage on her. Best thing ever to take the lasting stress of the 46 hours on chemo pump.

      8 months ago
    • Lauraandmary's Avatar

      Along the financial line, parking passes for hospital parking would be fantastic!
      The university medical center used to have a bundled rate if you bought 5 tickets at once at a reasonable rate; it is no longer available and is extremely expensive, especially if you are visiting your loved one for more than a day!

      8 months ago
    • LiveWithCancer's Avatar

      @cllinda, I got a similar bag (but not a soft diaper bag, which would have been even better!) from the girls I worked with when I was diagnosed. It was so thoughtful and much appreciated! Besides the puzzle book, ginger candy, lip balm, lotion, hand cleanser, and tissues, mine also had one of those thin little throws like you get at Walmart in it, a journal and pen, and a couple of pairs of comfy pajamas or lounging outfits ...

      I still use the bag just about every time I go out of town and frequently when I go to the clinic for treatments. And, every time, I think of the generous souls who put it together for me.

      8 months ago
    • macfightsback's Avatar

      All the gifts sound great above. But I love Geekling's idea about a ride the best. Due to severe anemia, severe fatigue, low WBC's I was almost housebound except for a few days after blood transfusions all through chemo. It was great to get out!

      8 months ago
    • Paperpusher's Avatar

      Hubby slept through treatment and when he got home too. Music on his Ipod was his one comfort. He was very nauseous but liked Dairy Queen vanilla milkshakes with marshmallow creme added. I didn't tell him until later that I was adding protein shakes to them. A gift card to Dairy Queen would have been nice. I did start making them at home due to the expense. If someone had offered to do food shopping or pick up the milkshakes for him, it would have been great!

      8 months ago
    • annetteOR's Avatar

      I agree with all who mentioned ginger in some form. I used crystallized ginger. Also, a friend who'd been through chemo before me mailed me a lavender sachet. I held it to my nose and breathed in deeply and it helped with both nausea and anxiety. There's a local group named Quilters Anonymous that makes quilts for cancer patients. They heard about my diagnosis from a friend and made a lovely quilt for me. It went to the hospital with me and provided comfort.

      8 months ago

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