Creating or buying a well-constructed cancer care package
Although the best gift you can give someone with cancer is your time and a listening ear, sometimes practical, pampering and comforting items are needed. A well-made cancer care package helps by providing practical items and items to relieve stress. A cancer care package also reminds a cancer patient that people are thinking of them at what can be a very lonely time.
It is not always easy to know what to put in a cancer care package
Getting it right can be hard, for example, we have written separately about gift ideas for men with cancer and what to get women with cancer. In addition, the treatments may affect the gifts. People who are going through chemotherapy are unlikely to want specific foods as the treatment can change the taste and also cause nausea. Flowers for people having chemotherapy is also a bad idea.
So understanding what the cancer patient is going through can help with deciding what to put and what not to put in a care parcel and there are some guidelines regarding how to choose the right cancer gift here
And if you don ‘t know the treatment or disease stage there are still some simple items you can put in your package that will not be wrong.
Cancer care package ideas
- Comforting blanket: A blanket can be a nice comforter at home when convalescing and also just for pampering. It can also be useful during chemotherapy. A snug blanket creates a warm, cosy and comforting feeling during therapy, at the hospital or at home, in a chair, on the bed or sofa.
- Bed Socks: Bed socks are a perfect solution to cold feet that can result from many cancer therapies. They also add a bit of extra cancer comfort when convalescing or just for “me time” at home.
- Peppermint Herbal Tea: Peppermint tea has numerous health benefits including stress relief and relaxation. it is also thought to slow down gut movement and therefore relieves nausea and vomiting. That is why sucking mints or drinking peppermint tea can help with cancer therapies.
- Moisturizing Lip Balm: A pampering item to relieve dry and chapped lips, which can be common with cancer treatments and general dehydration.
- Fancy Water Bottle: To stay hydrated. Medications, surgery, radiation therapy, or even the foods you eat with your treatment can cause dehydration, so it’s important to help stay hydrated.