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20 Things to Bring to Chemo Treatment

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Chemotherapy treatments differ in duration, frequency, and other factors, depending on individual circumstances. However, there are certain items that can benefit everyone during a chemo treatment session. Here are 20 things to bring to a chemo treatment, organized into three categories: self-care, passing the time, and practical necessities, ensuring a more comfortable and productive experience.

Self-Care During Chemo Treatments

  1. Water Bottle: It’s important to stay hydrated during your session!
  2. Snacks: It’s great to have snacks in case you get hungry during your session.
  3. Gum or Mints: Chemo treatments can make your mouth dry, so these will help keep them from getting too dry.
  4. Lip Balm: This will also help because chemo can make your skin dry.
  5. Lotion: Your hands also might become dry from the chemo treatment.
  6. Anti-Nausea Medications: Chemo can make you feel nauseous, so it’s good to have these on hand.
  7. Comfortable Clothing: Treatments can take a while, so it’s good to be comfy.
  8. Personal Care Items: This can include toiletries, a toothbrush, or anything else.
  9. Tissues: Chemo can cause nasal irritation, and having them on hand is easier.
  10. Hat, Socks and Blanket: Sometimes hospitals or treatment centers can be chilly.
  11. Comfortable Pillow or Stuffed Animal: Chemo treatments can be emotionally draining. Having an emotional support pillow or stuffed animal can help a lot!
  12. Supportive Friends or Family: They can provide emotional support and assistance.
  13. Positive Attitude: Surrounding yourself with positivity and hope can help during cancer treatments, even if it may seem difficult. 

Passing the Time During Chemo Treatment

  1. Headphones: These are great for listening to music or muffling noise.
  2. Phone Charger: If you’re using your phone for entertainment, you should make sure it won’t lose its charge.
  3. Entertainment: Some people prefer books, cards, etc. Whatever you want to do works!
  4. Relaxation Tools: Chemo treatments can be associated with anxiety. Bringing a meditation app, coloring books, and more can help keep you relaxed.

Doctor Essentials

  1. Notebook and Pen: This is great for taking notes of what your doctor talks to you about.
  2. List of Questions or Concerns: Chemo treatments are a good time to ask any questions you have.
  3. Insurance Information: Doctor’s offices often require you to have your insurance information on hand, so make sure you don’t forget it at home.
  4. No matter if this is your first chemo treatment session or your last, these items will help you get through it. If you are looking for any of these items, we specialize in helping provide cancer patients with the things they need in our chemo care packages. Don’t hesitate to reach out with any questions.

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