Do you know someone battling cancer? Is chemotherapy a part of their cancer treatment? A great way to show them your support is by making them a Chemo Care Kit packed with items that are useful to chemotherapy patients. Today I’m sharing the essential items to include in a Chemo Care Kit as part of the Pink Ribbon Projects series in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. This Chemo Care Kit will be useful for anyone facing any type of chemotherapy cancer treatment.
If you know someone facing upcoming chemotherapy treatments but aren’t sure what you should do for them, how about make them a Chemo Care Kit? It’s pretty easy to do since all you have to do is buy some items and put them in a gift bag along with a thoughtful card. Other than prayers, it’s the next best thing you could give them. If you’re not sure of what you should include, today I’m sharing the essential items I included in a Chemo Care Kit that I made recently, as well as some extra suggestions for you if you want to change it up.
Here is a list of what I included in the Chemo Care Kit I put together:
- Wisp Portable Toothbrushes– These will help combat the chemical taste chemo patients often get in their mouth during treatment.
- Lemon Drops– Hard candy helps fight nausea. The strong lemon taste will prevent dry mouth and mask the chemical taste also.
- Hand Sanitizer- Chemo is havoc to the immune system and makes patients more susceptible to infections, so if you could give a chemo patient just one item, this should be it!
- Lip Balm– Chemo has the tendency to dry everything out, so a good lip balm will be handy.
- Hand cream- The skin will get very dry, so a good hand cream and/or body lotion can come to the rescue!
- Warm, fuzzy socks– Chemo patients often get cold, and nothing warms you up like a pair of fuzzy socks!
- Book/Magazine– A good book or magazine can be a welcome distraction during treatments.
- Candy bar– A special treat to bring a smile to their face.
Here are some additional items you could include in your Chemo Care Kit:
- Bottled Water- Chemo patients need to stay hydrated.
- Biotene Mouthwash– This mouthwash is especially for dry mouth, something most Chemo patients experience.
- Herbal tea– Hot tea calms the nerves and can ease stomach pain.
- Aquaphor– It’s great for dry, cracked or irritated skin.
- Gas Card– All those round trips to the doctor and treatments add up, and a gas card helps alleviate that extra cost to the patient.
- Hat– This will help keep the patient warm, especially if they experience any hair loss.
- Warm blanket– Sometimes patients develop anemia, which makes them cold. A nice blanket will keep them warm.
- Playing cards– A fun game helps the time pass by during treatments.
- Coupon Booklet– Make your loved one/friend homemade coupons for free house cleanings, child care, etc.
I hope these ideas will help you create a Chemo Care Kit to help someone fighting cancer today. What items would you include that aren’t listed here? Let me know by leaving a comment. Oh, and if you know of someone facing an upcoming mastectomy surgery, you can make them a Mastectomy Care Kit! Read my post to find out what items you should include in it.