Helpful Gifts for Cancer Patients

Struggling for good ideas for gifts for a cancer patient? How many times have you offered to help a friend or loved one who has lung cancer, but you can’t seem to land on the “perfect” idea, no matter how well you know that person? Most lung cancer patients, and cancer patients in general, go through rigorous chemotherapy, immunotherapy, targeted therapy, and other forms of treatment like radiation and surgery.

Not only do the drugs, procedures, and surgeries zap their energy, they can exhaust them to the point that just climbing on a sofa to rest is a chore in itself. Asking a question like “What can I do for you?” puts one more thing on their to-do list. Instead, here are 12 thoughtful gifts for cancer patients to show your support, whether it’s the holidays or any day of the year.

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Struggling for good ideas for gifts for a cancer patient? How many times have you offered to help a friend or loved one that has lung cancer, but you can’t seem to land on the “perfect” idea, no matter how well you know that person? Most lung cancer patients, and cancer patients in general, go through rigorous chemo, immunotherapy, targeted therapy, and other forms of treatment like radiation and surgery. Not only do the drugs, procedures, and surgeries zap their energy, they can exhaust them to the point that just climbing on a sofa to rest is a chore in itself. Asking a question like “What can I do for you?” puts one more thing on their to-do list. Instead, here are 12 thoughtful gifts for cancer patients to show your support, whether it’s the holidays or any day of the year.

“My personal respite is a hot tub full of lovely bath salts or bubble bath with lavender soap. Then get some good music going. Fill a basket with an eye mask, some fluffy washcloths, bath salts — as well as a nice scrub and lotion. Lung cancer patients tend to have dry skin.”

I hope this has helped you think about what might be the perfect gift for your friend or loved one who is either a cancer patient or survivor, whether they have lung cancer or not. We all continue to have hope for a cure for lung cancer in our lifetime. And support from our friends helps that hope. Remember that a gift doesn’t always come wrapped in a bow, so think outside the box. Your time with them is the most precious of all gifts.

Love,

Patty Watkins

P.S. – What was the best gift you received as a lung cancer survivor? What’s the best gift you’ve given a lung cancer patient? Tweet your suggestions at us at @LCFAmerica!