Cancer can be terrifying, exhausting, and isolating—as can chemotherapy treatment. So, you might find yourself looking for some genuinely helpful gifts for someone going through chemo and cancer treatment—anything to help them through the process.
“When you’re going through this, the support and little gestures from your friends and family really do mean the world to you,” Tatei Montejo, a London-based life coach who has ovarian cancer, tells SELF. Susan Rafte, a breast cancer survivor and volunteer at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, agrees. “There’s so much going on in a patient’s world that it’s nice to let them know you’re thinking of them,” she tells SELF.
Of course, everyone is different, and you know your loved one best. Simply being there—running errands, holding their hand, providing a distraction from treatment—is often the most thoughtful gift. But if you’re looking for another way to show your support or brighten their day with a chemo care package, below, we’ve got the best gift ideas for someone going through chemo, according to people who have had the treatment, caregivers who’ve supported a loved one through it, and those who work in cancer care with chemo patients.
(For the person who has all the material things to stay as comfortable as possible throughout cancer treatment, consider making a donation to cancer research in their honor in lieu of a chemo gift during this difficult time. If you’re not sure which nonprofit to donate to, search Charity Navigator to find cancer nonprofit organizations that donate the bulk of their funds to research and programs that directly benefit cancer patients.)
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