string(6) "HBEATS" You can also bring your own entertainment from home. string(0) "" Use the following information as a checklist to simplify your chemotherapy appointments by knowing what to take with you. ["title"]=> cancer | cancer care | chemotherapy | what to bring to chemo, 0 Books, cards, games, and word or number puzzles can help pass the time. string(0) "" Use this handy guide to figure out everything you should take to chemo! Your first chemo treatment is coming up and you’re not sure what to expect. Since chemo can cause appetite changes, metallic taste, and mouth sores, pack foods that are easy to eat, like smoothies or milkshakes. 4) Always bring things with you to your chemo appts. You may feel cold enough to keep it covered, especially if your hair has begun falling out. I saw the same people most weeks and we would visit. }. When Chemo Day Arrives When the day arrives marking the beginning of your chemo campaign, expect to feel many emotions, the greatest one more than likely being fear mixed with plenty of dread. UPMC Hillman Cancer Center provides world-class cancer care, from diagnosis to treatment, to help you in your cancer battle. We've put together a list of the most helpful products to help you feel prepared. ["subscription1"]=> Chemo Checklist - Things To Bring With You During Chemo by the Lymphoma Club July 9, 2011 at 9:56am This checklist and tips was created to help those undergoing chemo with ideas and suggestions on things to Do not use this information to diagnose or treat a health problem or disease without consulting with a qualified healthcare provider. string(8) "Continue" Use this list as a starting point to decide what things will make you the most comfortable during chemotherapy — then pack them up! As a follow-up to our first post on 22 Things to Bring to Chemo, we have added 15 more things thanks to Facebook Contributors. Chemotherapy can often take hours to administer. No need for food, they serve us lunch from the cafeteria, we may order whatever we want. ["utm_content"]=> I knew what to expect the second time around. string(0) "" Bring things to read. Copyright 2000-2019 © Cancer Survivors Network, https://www.whatnext.com/blog/posts/be-prepared-22-things-to-bring-to-chemo?utm_source=MasterBrand_Facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=WhatNext&utm_content, Mini-clip board and pen (with my questions to ask). It was help make the hospital visits a like more comfortable.) Here is a quick list of things other WhatNexters have brought to their first chemo that has made them super prepared. - Hi everyone, I expect to be starting my chemo within the next two weeks. ["animate-variation"]=> Bring a light sweater in case you become cold. ["subscriptions"]=> ["triggersends"]=> string(0) "" string(0) "" string(0) "" ["buttontext"]=> There's heated blankets and pillows if we want them. Our internationally renowned research team is striving to find new advances in prevention, detection, and treatment. ["background-color"]=> Feb 08, 2014 - 4:46 pm. string(0) "" For more information about what to expect at chemotherapy, reach out to UPMC Hillman Cancer Center. I am wondering if any of you have some advice/insight as to what to bring to these sessions? ["subtitle"]=> string(0) "" ["nmab"]=> ["animate"]=> Get Well Basket (This basket was actually a gift to someone going through chemo. (Friday when I couldn’t keep anything down this was the first thing I tried to eat later that evening and it worked. ["utm_campaign"]=> Feb 1, 2016 - Explore Carole Williams's board "Chemo Care", followed by 142 people on Pinterest. See more ideas about nail care, chemotherapy, cancer patients. I have already thought about my laptop. You’ll also want to bring a toothbrush and toothpaste, lotion, alcohol-free sanitizer, bottled water, tissues, lip balm, and a small bucket or bag (in case of nausea). My understanding is that this could last from 3-4 hours? A light blanket to snuggle in can help you stay warm and relaxed by offering you a sense of comfort from home. I remember that day well. Snacks? Ahead of time, I had a list of what items interested me from several fast food spots. string(0) "" string(0) "" usually a book and ipod. I also will only ever use my really squishy down pillow because of neck arthritis and I like to bring my fleece because, after the heated blankets cool off, I am sometimes still cold. The chemo apparently enhances the radiation to kill the cancer cells. string(0) "" ["nmab"]=> When you’re going through chemo, you’ll likely want foods that are soft on your stomach and easy to eat — while still being nutritious. Most people have several chemotherapy infusions, and during those days or weeks between chemo sessions, the items in your bag may end up in other places. I'm on the other side of the state and won't be able to see her soon being full time student and having a full time job. ["utm_medium"]=> I may have a little diva in me...lol. ["font-color"]=> Thanks for watching, I hope you found the video to be entertaining and informative and I look forward to you watching the next one. riI saw this on Facebook and thought these ideas were great. No matter what we do, I flush and start barfing as soon as perjeta hits my vein and they have to give me ativan. string(0) "" ["utm_medium"]=> Also, bring a pillow. string(0) "" Crossword puzzle, Chicken Soup for the Soul word find, pink fuzzy socks, mug with chamomile tea bags in it, mints, lavender vanilla bath soak, lip shine, body cream, hand lotion, and cream bath. string(0) "" Before Beginning Chemo While most people have their own unique way to prepare for things, for chemotherapy this was my way. If anyone has a suggestion(s) for me, I … ["in-line"]=> Photos of loved ones can remind you who else is cheering you on during your cancer battle. string(7) "#ffffff" It might be good to dress in layers since you can't predict the temperature of the room or what you'll be feeling yet. string(0) "" string(0) "" string(0) "" A journal or notebook to write down your thoughts or document your cancer journey may be helpful. string(0) "" https://www.whatnext.com/blog/posts/be-prepared-22-things-to-bring-to-chemo?utm_source=MasterBrand_Facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=WhatNext&utm_content=. I know that’s not very I also like my particular peanut butter crackers. Bring your favorite books and magazines or load your laptop, … It seems like a different use of chemotherapy that my last treatment which was to systemically kill the cancer directly in my body. string(0) "" They also had pillows and blankets, if I needed them. I won't deny it, chemotherapy is tough. First, I asked everyone who ever had chemo what I should do to prepare and I wrote it down. If I am there in the afternoon or mid morning, they offer banana bread, mini muffins, cookies. string(36) "Get Healthy Tips Sent to Your Phone!" ["background-color"]=> ["utm_content"]=> You can also bring an inspirational photo or uplifting quote, a religious text or other spiritual items that will offer a bit of peace. Chemotherapy can make your body temperatures swing from cold to hot and back again during the same visit. When I was having chemo, I would take my fleece blanket that my sissy made for me, a deck of cards for my daugther Jenny and I to play with, crossword puzzle book, chapstick, portable dvd player and a season of Greys Anatomy to watch. Worked for me. ["title"]=> string(0) "" But during my time in the Chemo Infusion Center, I learned some tricks that helped me cope with treatment. But, i think the most important thing, is to find a way to nest and be as comfortable as you can be to get through it. I have done a 'Day 1 Chemo' post under another thread 'so you want to talk about breast cancer'. Posts: 4014. ["utm_term"]=> Just remember to bring your own headphones or earbuds. The fleece is lightweight and retains body heat better for me. string(0) "" array(11) { string(0) "" string(53) "Become a Member of Our Health and Wellness Email List" string(4) "true" daughter came with, so i could send her for drinks if i got thirsty, which i . ["subtitle"]=> 22 Things to Bring to Chemo. Sorry, an error occurred. string(0) "" string(7) "#ffffff" As a follow-up to our first post on 22 Things to Bring to Chemo, we have added 15 more things thanks to Facebook Contributors. My cousin as well will be starting chemo soon, this was helpful for ideas to send her a care package! Games on a smart phone, a portable video game player, and crossword puzzles can help occupy your mind. Onc just thinks I have a rare antibody reaction (and they give me steroids, 2 IV nausea meds, and antihistamine every time). i always fell asleep during the chemo thing, but one thing we did bring with us was a heating pad to put on my arm to help bring out the veins before the iv. Joined: Oct 2009. }, array(25) { I take a pink bag (you know who you are) that dear friends sent me, a fleece, warm socks, my pillow, eyemask, ear plugs, kindle fire, ginger ale, peanut butter crackers, and, of course, my princess wand that Bella gave me. Use of this online service is subject to the disclaimer and the terms and conditions. I am pretty good at tuning people out when I am reading a story. It was made for me when I got sick. Dress comfortably in sweatpants or yoga pants. ["subscriptions"]=> The duration of chemotherapy infusion varies, but even in the shortest ones, you’ll be in a comfy chair, waiting. Finding out that your cancer treatment plan includes chemotherapy can bring a whole host of questions and concerns. ["trigger-send"]=> Aug 9, 2014 - Your first chemo treatment is coming up and you’re not sure what to expect. Food I don't need to bring. ["widget"]=> It was usually pretty quiet. They do not have ginger ale though and ginger ale is a must for me. A toothbrush and toothpaste or a small bottle of alcohol-free mouthwash may be ["subcategory"]=> Your first chemo treatment is coming up and you’re not sure what to expect. ["utm_term"]=> Please try again later. I am about 18 months removed from chemo; BUT this is what I took with me in my black leather bag that had several compartments: like the current Dean Koontz novel I'm reading, my puzzle book, chapstick, my decaf tea. A lot of patients like hoodies because it can keep their head and neck warm. Choose items that will give you physical relief as well as sentimental comfort. I’m a believer. Jun 1, 2020 - Explore Hope & Beauty's board "Nail Care", followed by 352 people on Pinterest. The American Cancer Society recommends dressing in layers. string(4) "form" I like these rooms because I don't have to talk to anyone and I can sleep in peace. Be Prepared: 22 Things to Bring to Chemo Get the perspective you need from WhatNext, developed in part with the American Cancer Society. They have quilts if you need one or hot blankets. The first item to bring is this list! But, most of the time, the pre-meds make me sleep so I just curl up, relax, snooze and pray. string(0) "" ["subscription2"]=> A pillow can make you comfortable enough to fall asleep. string(0) "" a fruit cup, a bag of chips and a cookie. ["form_id"]=> ["triggersends"]=> If you like Chemo care , you might love these ideas What do you bring? 5) Eat very small portions of meals more frequently – at least for the first 5 days after the infusion – until you know how you’d react to … See more ideas about Chemo care, Chemo, Cancer fighting foods. As a follow-up to our first post on 22 Things to Bring to Chemo, we have added 15 more things thanks to Facebook Contributors. I always wore a button-in-the-front shirt which made it easy for the nurses to access my port. string(22) "global-newsletter-form" Select a LocationNorthwestern PA and New YorkNorth Central PASouth Central PASouthwestern PAWestern MDOther, array(25) { Things are always easier when you're prepared. string(0) "" ["font-color"]=> ["animate-variation"]=> ["form_id"]=> Some WhatNexters say chemo is a good excuse to dress in sweatpants or yoga pants. ["subcategory"]=> what you can expect during chemotherapy from UPMC Hillman Cancer Center. Chewy Ginger Candy. Keep in mind the room you will have your chemo treatment in will most likely be on the chilly side. The content on this site is for informational purposes only. Check with your string(0) "" Chemotherapy can take anywhere from a few minutes to a few hours. ["utm_campaign"]=> We are the only comprehensive cancer center in our region, as designated by the National Cancer Institute. Posted on December 22, 2019 January 29, 2020 by Jon Reilly Packing for Chemo: My essentials Having completed one cycle of chemotherapy already. string(0) "" Figuring out how to maintain your daily life and tackle cancer-related tasks, like packing for chemo, can feel overwhelming. Oh, I carry a bag my husband got me for good luck. ["utm_source"]=> I understand that I may opt out of receiving such communications at any time. Make sure to eat a small meal before going to chemo. ["in-line"]=> Chemotherapy is notorious for causing a dry mouth or leaving a metallic taste in your mouth. ["converted"]=> If you’re there for a long time, you will get hungry. string(0) "" to keep you entertained—such as books, electronics, games, a personal journal, etc. I am just a big weirdo with perjeta - lucky me. The chair provides heat also. ["converted"]=> string(0) "" Make sure to bring things to occupy the time like a book, magazine, or an e-reader. string(0) "" At Dana-Farber, there are magazines, televisions, and a volunteer who comes by with a ["utm_term"]=> Here are important things to consider as you adjust to life post-chemotherapy treatment: Caring for Your Mental Health After Chemotherapy When a patient has completed cancer treatment, they may feel a rollercoaster of emotions. ["utm_content"]=> ["category"]=> ["subscription2"]=> Chemo: 3 Things You Need to Know Lower Your Risk of Cancer Liver Cancer: Symptoms, Tests, and Treatments How Immunotherapy for Cancer Works Cancer Remission: What Does It … I am making it sound primitive. The provided drinks and snacks, yogurt, nice warm bkankets. string(10) "HealthBeat" So You’ll also want to bring a toothbrush and toothpaste, lotion, alcohol-free sanitizer, bottled water, tissues, lip balm, and a small bucket or bag (in case of nausea). NEW things I’ve been using during chemo 2.0: 1. string(4) "true" My tote bag is blue denim with my name hand stitched on it on one side and the pink ribbon  on the other side. string(12) "full-width_3" CypressCynthia. riI saw this on Facebook and thought these ideas were great. ["subcategory"]=> The hospital provided snacks and drinks for us and Jenny would go and get lunch for us. Comfy Clothes, Sweatshirt, or Layers. ["widget"]=> Bring some personal care and oral hygiene products. Use this list as a starting point to decide what things will make you the most comfortable during chemotherapy — then pack them up! string(0) "" Lol, I guess I am picky. string(0) "" ["utm_source"]=> Drinks? ["utm_source"]=> string(0) "" Please consult your healthcare provider with any questions or concerns you may have regarding your condition. string(0) "" And all the staff treats us each like we are "special". Money -- when I switched to taxol, my infusions seemed to take longer. string(0) "" Did not have to take snacks, as my infusion place had snacks and beverages. The chair is very, very comfortable so I don't need a pillow. Be Prepared: 22 Things to Bring to Chemo Get the perspective you need from WhatNext, developed in part with the American Cancer Society. string(0) "" . ["animate"]=> ["type"]=> I consider this my 'just me" time. And pack a small cooler with various snacks. Ask your care team for items that are difficult to pack because they may melt. }. Having something to cover your head can also be helpful. ["category"]=> string(8) "Continue" Don’t forget to pack snacks. Hi Max and Cazg. ["utm_medium"]=> Whoever was my companion would go fetch us lunch, my treat. string(0) "" That list was in my bag. Be Prepared: 22 Things to Bring to Chemo Get the perspective you need from WhatNext, developed in part with the American Cancer Society. ["title"]=> ["exclude-healthbeat"]=> What items to bring with you during chemo? It is not a substitute for professional medical advice. string(0) "" I only used the quilt and hot blankets once when the air conditioner was making the place to cold. ["buttontext"]=> ["subscription1"]=> If I am lucky and arrived early, I might be offered one of the private rooms. … string(0) "" My chemo center provides water or ginger ale (coffee, tea if you want them). string(0) "" Also, think about an MP3 player, portable video gaming system, audiobooks, and streaming radio shows. What to Bring Entertainment: Once chemotherapy is administered, you can’t leave the facility so you’ll need fun distractions to combat the inevitable boredom. My center does have lunch and snacks. Yoga Nature Lymphatic Drainage Massage Circulation Toning Workouts Yoga Exercises Lymphatic System Pilates Reformer Yoga Quotes Yoga Photography string(0) "" ["keyword"]=> string(0) "" string(0) "" string(10) "full-width" Your first chemo treatment is coming up and you’re not sure what to expect. string(0) "" Pack a laptop computer or tablet so you can do work, surf the Internet, or watch videos. My Tote bag is white and I just bring my kindle or a book I am presently reading. string(7) "sms-cta" If there is something you need, feel free to ask your nurses and care team. ["exclude-healthbeat"]=> Popsicles or ice cubes to snack on can help if mouth sores develop. If I didnt want company, some of the chairs were isolated, facing the mountains which is beautiful. string(39) "Subscribe to Our HealthBeat Newsletter!" I understand that by providing my email address, I agree to receive emails from UPMC. ["category"]=> Wear a low neck or V-neck shirt so nurses can easily place ports to administer the chemo, and bring an extra shirt in case you sweat through the first. UPMC Hillman Cancer Center locations typically have snacks, blankets, entertainment, and more to make patients are as comfortable as possible. ["utm_campaign"]=> Before your next session check to ["id"]=> Chemo nurse told me to take 10 mg Claritin (regular, not D) plus 2 tabs Tylenol (300 or 500 mg, didn't matter) on the day of chemo and for 4-5 days thereafter to decrease Neulasta side effects. We have more than 70 locations throughout Pennsylvania, Ohio, New York, and Maryland, with more than 200 oncologists. I know I am going to be sleeping for at least an hour, because they always have to knock me out with perjeta. I did better about eating lunch if I had something from a nearby fast-food place. 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