• What to bring to chemo treatments?

    Asked by Loriekay on Wednesday, August 15, 2018

    What to bring to chemo treatments?

    15 Answers from the Community

    15 answers
    • LiveWithCancer's Avatar

      A friend, a book, a tablet, something to drink, something to eat, a blanket, and a smile. I don't know how yours will be, but my first chemo treatments lasted a long time - 6 hours or so. A lot of centers provide blankets and snacks ... but in case yours doesn't, you might take your own.

      My mom and husband went with me when I first started treatments. I go by myself now. It is good to have someone with you in the beginning.

      Good luck!! It gets a whole lot easier after you go through a treatment or two and know what to expect.

      8 months ago
    • cllinda's Avatar

      I'm pretty sure there is a blog post about what to bring to chemo. Check on this site for information.

      My best things were lemonheads, drinks, and a warm blanket. They had heating pads but I made a pretty cover for mine and brought it with. It can be very cold in the chair and the heating pad helped.

      Good luck.

      8 months ago
    • SandiA's Avatar

      I usually brought some magazines, snacks; my phone and a charger and sometimes ear buds to listen to music. I alway wore comfortable clothes and slip on shoes. They used to make me get up and walk and check my oxygen. So the slip on shoes came in handy. I was on a clinical trial so maybe that’s why I had to walk, not sure everyone does that. I also liked to bring some really soft cozy socks because I was always cold. Wish you all the best!

      8 months ago
    • Julia468's Avatar

      On the longer day I enjoyed having a friend or my husband with me. We play cards and order takeout. I usually brought a bag with snacks, a blanket, hat, cards and a book.

      8 months ago
    • GregP_WN's Avatar

      Here are two of our most popular blog posts ever:
      Be prepared-22 Things to Bring to Chemo - http://bit.ly/1E8wZmW
      Things to Bring to Chemo - Part II https://www.whatnext.com/blog/posts/things-to-bring-to-chemo-part-ii

      8 months ago
    • MLT's Avatar

      My first treatment I took magazines, snacks, notepad. Always have a friend with me since I get tired on the way home. Found that the chemo floor has endless snacks, TV, and warm blankets. My treatment is usually an hour, so we usually chat that time away. Oh, yes, I take my KILL the BEAST picture from Beauty and the Beast! Got it ready to go for today. Chemo nurses are wonderful, compassionate!! You can ask them anything.

      8 months ago
    • ChildOfGod4570's Avatar

      I was only in the chair for about 2.5 hours for each infusion. Because nobody was allowed to be with me in the room, I would listen to mp3's, talk to the other patients and the nurse, or even choose the TV show to watch if I was the first patient in the chemo bay. Snacks were not provided, but the nurse wuld bring you water and sometimes share when someone brought in a plate of cookies. HUGS and God bless.

      8 months ago
    • Maryflier's Avatar

      I brought my iPad and my charger, a sweatshirt and lunch. They had snacks, blankets and tv there but it’s more comforting to have your own stuff. Good luck, stay strong!

      8 months ago
    • BuckeyeShelby's Avatar

      I can't sleep sitting up, so I always had my stack of books with me. Got a lot of reading done during chemo -- over 6 hours in the chair will do that! Also had my chemo bag packed w/my fuzzy blankie, my lunch, water glass, trail mix, my phone, sometimes Sudoku books. I was by myself and they didn't do TV in the chemo room, so I tried to bring stuff to keep me occupied.

      8 months ago
    • cllinda's Avatar

      I'm a crochet person so I also would bring a project to work on.

      8 months ago
    • geekling's Avatar

      What is a lemonhead @cllinda?

      Something to read and a newspaper with comics and crosswords.

      Although I remember dragging the IV and stand around, I dont much remember how I 'entertained' myself.

      Best wishes

      8 months ago
    • Carool's Avatar

      My chemo was before smartphones. I always had one friend with me (a different friend each of the four infusions). Mine lasted one hour each, not counting the blood drawers. Nowadays, forget the friends! All I'd need is my iPhone! Then again, I'm addicted. Wishing you all the best -

      8 months ago
    • gpgirl70's Avatar

      I usually ended up being at the oncologist for 4 hours including blood tests, visit with onco or PA, and then infusion. I brought snacks and my tablet with headphones. I read, watched movies, listened to music, surfed with web... I had one type of infusion that the nurse had to push manually so during that time we had great conversations. I had my husband come to the first chemo for AC and the first for Taxol. Then I went on my own because I slept a whole lot and at times the infusion room didn't have much room for extra people.

      8 months ago
    • Terri's Avatar

      The only time I ever did Soduku was during chemo. It keeps your mind busy. Its tough to read because its hard to keep your mind focused.

      8 months ago
    • Rkou's Avatar

      Lots of fluids (some chemo drugs recommend extra fluid to save your bladder from damage) and snacks (because my chemo center didn’t provide them). I always had my iPad, Kindle and smartphone but honestly, it was hard for me to concentrate on much. I read less and less as the treatments progressed. Warm blankets and pillows were provided but since I was wearing sandals, I always had a warm pair of socks just in case. The most useful thing on my first treatment was my husband. Once the first treatment was under my belt, I told him he could run errands etc. My treatments ran 4 hours and 6 hours depending on the drug being administered.
      One word of caution: After my first treatment, my husband got my favorite carry out for dinner. I had it two days in a row. And although I tolerated food fine, I will forever associate that particular food with chemo. :-(

      8 months ago

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