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It’s the most wonderful time of the year, but it can also be one of the most stressful times of the year. When it comes to choosing the perfect gift for a loved one, we are often at a loss. When it’s a loved one fighting cancer, it can be even more difficult to decide.
Think about how you usually choose a gift for your special someone. Choosing a gift for a friend fighting cancer shouldn’t be any different; there are just a few things to keep in mind.
Since chemotherapy and radiation can alter a person’s sense of taste and affect their sense of smell, avoid giving gifts like sweets, candy, scented lotions and perfumes. Plants and flowers can also put patients at an increased risk for infections. Instead, give other gifts from the heart, including:
In the spirit of giving, don’t forget to help the family member closest to your friend — the caregiver. Caregivers can often feel stressed and isolated, and need support throughout the treatment process too. You can help a caregiver by:
No matter what you decide, keep in mind that your gift does not need to be cancer specific. The gift of friendship is often the best gift someone can receive. By spending time with your friend and their caregiver, you can help them feel like they did before cancer became a part of their life.
Here are some other ways you can help a friend fighting cancer.
Learn more about cancer care at Edward-Elmhurst Health.
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