• What to bring to chemo?

    Asked by Rita1965 on Thursday, April 4, 2019

    What to bring to chemo?

    14 Answers from the Community

    14 answers
    • GregP_WN's Avatar
      GregP_WN

      One of our most popular blog post articles ever: Be Prepared-22 Things to Bring to Chemo follow this link to read it http://bit.ly/1E8wZmW

      about 1 year ago
    • akwendi's Avatar
      akwendi

      A spouse or good friend to keep you company. Water. Blanket. A small snack (mine was always peanut butter crackers)

      about 1 year ago
    • junie1's Avatar
      junie1

      I take a project to work on, I sew & crotceh, (sp) so I take a small project. or a book to read, word search book, Food,, some places serve a box lunch,,, others can have things brought to you. I take my own drink and a small snack, puddings, fruit snacks,, etc. drinks are provided in most centers. Charger for your phone or lap top.a friend or spouse, family member,, they can help in the driving home also.. sometimes we just don't feel like driving.
      Good Luck

      about 1 year ago
    • junie1's Avatar
      junie1

      I take a project to work on, I sew & crotceh, (sp) so I take a small project. or a book to read, word search book, Food,, some places serve a box lunch,,, others can have things brought to you. I take my own drink and a small snack, puddings, fruit snacks,, etc. drinks are provided in most centers. Charger for your phone or lap top.a friend or spouse, family member,, they can help in the driving home also.. sometimes we just don't feel like driving.
      Good Luck

      about 1 year ago
    • junie1's Avatar
      junie1

      I take a project to work on, I sew & crotceh, (sp) so I take a small project. or a book to read, word search book, Food,, some places serve a box lunch,,, others can have things brought to you. I take my own drink and a small snack, puddings, fruit snacks,, etc. drinks are provided in most centers. Charger for your phone or lap top.a friend or spouse, family member,, they can help in the driving home also.. sometimes we just don't feel like driving.
      Good Luck

      about 1 year ago
    • LiveWithCancer's Avatar
      LiveWithCancer

      I make sure I have my phone, a tablet, earphones, a charger, a big bottle of water. Past that, my clinic provides a nice warm blanket and snacks. I go by myself now, but in the beginning my husband and mom went to every appointment. I think a great attitude is one of the most important things you can take along. You can and will do this!

      about 1 year ago
    • cllinda's Avatar
      cllinda

      Greg is right. That blog has a lot of great things to bring to chemo. My sister in law have me a bag the size of a diaper bag that was filled with all the necessary things to get me through the day at chemo. My favorite things in it was a water bottle with a filter, lip balm and hand cream. I also bought a nice fleece blanket that fit in there, too. And I would just leave this bag packed so I could bring it to the chemo lab or the hospital.

      about 1 year ago
    • MLT's Avatar
      MLT

      Really depends on how long you will be there. Mine is usually 2 hrs. I get restorative yoga and reiki from a group called Urban Zen during my time. Chat with my friend and nurses. They provide snacks and warm blankets. Chemo nurses are the greatest! Personal friends with many. If I dont have them, they stop by to chat. Wishing you all the best and hope others have the same experiences I have had! Just had chemo 34.

      about 1 year ago
    • TerriMD's Avatar
      TerriMD

      As a local non-profit group here in Seattle, we Ford Model's of Courage, put together "been there" bags for new chemotherapy patients. We've gotten a lot of donations from Ford Warriors in Pink and have done our own local fund-raisers as well. Our bags include: 1 fleece blanket; soft eye-mask; folding fan; hand sanitizer and lotion; mastectomy or neck pillow; hard candies; comforting tea bags; 1 hat; coloring book w/pencils; a calendar for appointments; warm fuzzy nap socks; a port-puff to cover your seatbelt; and I'm sure I'm forgetting something else but a very nice gift we deliver to our local cancer centers.

      about 1 year ago
    • SandiA's Avatar
      SandiA

      I always enjoyed some comfy socks especially if I was going to be there for a while. I also made a favorites play list on my phone and brought some ear buds and a phone charger. I always said yes to the warm blanket too if it’s offered. Loved it.

      about 1 year ago
    • Richardc's Avatar
      Richardc

      I would bring the following. First, wear comfortable clothes. Sessions vary in length depending upon the type. I would bring music and earphones. Something to read or a good crossword puzzle or Sudoku. Butterscotch or lemon drop candy to help with a metallic taste you might get. Plenty of fluids and snacks if they’re not provided in the infusion room. Ask what is available. Ginger snap cookies help with upset stomach. Most importantly, bring a friend or caregiver. A deck of cards or game can help the time pass. Remember, the room isn’t like a library. Quiet isn’t a rule. I’ve seen patients visiting with friends and others undergoing treatment and sharing stories. Most important, bring hope and prayers. That’s why we’re going through treatment. Life is about hope and the prayers of our families and friends who help provide the support all of us need.

      about 1 year ago
    • cllinda's Avatar
      cllinda

      Ginger candy helps with nausea but it's very strong. I ate lots of lemon drops and gummy fruit snacks.

      about 1 year ago
    • LoverOfGynOncs' Avatar
      LoverOfGynOncs

      Honestly my chemo bag became smaller and smaller ,.... I prepped a huge one for the first time thinking I need all that was suggested on blogs or sites about what to bring,... but nope ! My sessions were 6-7 hours and the whole chemo day from start to finish with traveling was 12 hours but still I would say most important things were,...... comfy clothes, pillow for way home if ya have a drive, snacks for ride home,(my facility had lunches and snacks all day offered), lemon drops or peppermint candies for nausea during treatments (I never needed) , water bottles for the whole day, a driver would help if you can, a good book, to do lists (so you can jot down ideas), phone charger, earbuds, hand sanitizer, etc.

      about 1 year ago
    • petieagnor's Avatar
      petieagnor

      I'm a little late on this one, but I agree with LiveWithCancer. A good attitude & smile should go in the bag first. Everyone had great suggestions. I have MBC so I've been in oncology for 3 years now. I'm happy to be there as it is another week that I've survived. Most patients don't socialize much, but they're usually there for 14 weeks. I met classmates, co-workers, etc. It seems that when I'm there everyone says "Hi, Petie". It's all what you make it. I wear something comfortable, but dress nice. It makes me feel better.

      about 1 year ago

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