A care package is a fun and creative way to support a loved one through mesothelioma treatment, but what items should you include? I asked 4 survivors what items were the most helpful during their treatment.
Cancer treatments sometimes change a person’s taste in food or can nauseate them. Asking what they can and can’t eat might be easier than guessing. Here are some ideas of stomach-friendly snacks for cancer patients:
- Hard candies
Many patients miss the nice toiletries they had at home and don’t want to spend a lot of money to buy them for the hospital. Be sure to avoid heavily scented and chemical-based items. Here are some toiletries cancer patients may appreciate:
- Coconut oil
- Shampoo and conditioner
Warm and comfortable gifts are a great idea for cancer patients to bring to the hospital with them. Many patients find themselves being cold during treatment, they may appreciate gifts like:
- Personal blankets
- Stuffed animals
- Fuzzy socks
- Microwaveable hot packs
- Knitted hats
The best thing a mesothelioma patient can receive from family and friends is support. Show your support with a heartfelt letter or by helping them out with chores. Be wary of generic “get well soon” greeting cards because some can be depressing to a patient. Try making your own or finding a card that’s made specifically to cheer up cancer patients. Here are some gifts to show your support:
- Upbeat cards
- Gift cards
- Inspirational mugs
Stuff to Do
Mesothelioma patients spend a lot of time in the hospital for their treatments. They also spend a lot of time at home healing instead of doing their usual tasks. In a gift basket you can include relaxing ways to stay occupied. Here are some ideas:
- Crossword puzzles
- Coloring books
- The Best and Worst Gifts for a Cancer Patient: Tips From a Survivor. HealDove. Retrieved from: https://healdove.com/disease-illness/The-Best-and-Worst-Gifts-for-a-Cancer-Patient-Survivors-Tips. Accessed: 3/22/17.
- How to Create a Cancer Care Package. University of Utah Healthcare. Retrieved from: http://healthcare.utah.edu/healthfeed/postings/2014/06/061614_create-cancer-care-package.php. Accessed: 3/20/17.
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