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Giving Gifts to Cancer Patients – Stay Away from the F's, Stick to the C's


When you find out a loved one has cancer, your first thought is “What can I do? How can I help?” Don’t let well intentioned gifts become not-so-good ones. Our advice...forget the F’s and stick with the C’s.


Radiation and chemotherapy can alter one’s sense of smell and scents used during treatment can often become associated with one’s chemotherapy induced nausea. 


Chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting occur in up to 80% of cancer patients, and mouth sores, stomach ulcers, and gastrointestinal distress are common side effects of chemotherapy and radiation. Once favorite foods can become a real turn off when dealing with such issues. 


Flowers are beautiful, but they don't last. And, in some cases, if a patient’s immune system is compromised they can even be dangerous due to the bacteria and fungal spores they harbor. They may even be banned from certain patients’ rooms. 


These are the keys to ensuring your gift is a great one for those battling cancer. Wrap them in warmth and dignity with a pair of hospital-ready pajamas, a gown, or comfort cape all designed to be both comfortable for the patient and convenient for the medical team. Add on a cushy eye mask to help with some good shut-eye!