The holiday shopping season seems to start earlier every year. Black Friday sales began in October, and other seasonal deals are now in full swing. But even with all the sales, deals and holiday promotions, you may find it challenging to think of the perfect gift for a loved one undergoing cancer treatment.
When considering a gift, it’s important to remember that every patient’s cancer journey is unique and often shaped by a variety of particular circumstances, including:
- Their type and stage of cancer
- The treatment they have undergone
- The symptoms of the disease and side effects of treatment
You’ll want to avoid certain gifts even if your friend or family member has completed treatment. Think twice about giving a gift certificate for a massage, for example. A therapist with little or no training in working with cancer patients may inadvertently worsen the swelling and pain associated with lymphedema. How about a mani-pedi? If a salon’s tools are not sanitized properly, your loved one may get an infection, putting them at risk for potential complications.
About Cancer Treatment Centers of America®
Cancer Treatment Centers of America® (CTCA) is a national network of five hospitals that serves adult patients who are fighting cancer. CTCA® offers an integrative approach to care that combines advancements in genomic testing and precision cancer treatment, surgery, radiation, immunotherapy and chemotherapy, with evidence-informed supportive therapies designed to help patients physically and emotionally by enhancing their quality of life while managing side effects both during and after treatment.