Sarah Cannon - August 14, 2020

"How can I help?" That is the first question that comes to mind for many people after learning a friend or relative has cancer. A care package is a nice way to show your support for someone facing cancer.

Here are five items that you might consider including in the care package:

  • Headwear. Losing hair from treatment can lower self-esteem. A pretty headscarf or trendy cap can help patients feel more confident and stay warm in chilly hospitals.
  • Mild moisturizers. Dry skin is a common side effect of chemotherapy and radiation. A good option: easy-to-carry, travel-sized lotions.
  • Hard candies. Chemotherapy can cause a metallic taste in the mouth. Citrus candies counteract this.
  • Puzzle books or magazines. Sudoku, coloring books, crosswords, or magazines are a good distraction when undergoing long treatments or back-to-back doctor visits.
  • Restaurant or gas gift cards. These are useful for those who must travel for treatment.
  • Want more ways to help? Offer to water plants, feed pets, provide meals, or run errands.