What to bring to your chemotherapy treatment?

When I was trying to plan for my first chemotherapy treatment I discussed it with my sister who is a breast cancer survivor. Having been through it herself she had great suggestions. There were of course the necessary items as directed by the doctor. I soon realized comfort items would be essential and getting though the difficult treatments. We have put together a list of common items to consider. 

Ice Gloves and Ice Socks may help reduce a commonly known side effects of certain chemotherapy medication such as neuropathy and nail damage. Check with your healthcare providers if you may benefit from Icing during your treatments.

Comfortable Clothing: Wear loose-fitting, comfortable clothing that is easy to put on and take off. Consider layers to accommodate changes in temperature.

Warm Blanket or Shawl: Hospitals and treatment centers can be chilly, so bring a warm blanket or shawl to stay cozy during treatment sessions.

Water Bottle: Staying hydrated is important during treatment. Bring a refillable water bottle to have on hand and remind yourself to drink plenty of fluids.

Healthy Snacks: Pack nutritious snacks like fruits, nuts, or granola bars to keep energy levels up during long treatment sessions. Avoid bringing foods with strong odors that may be bothersome to others.

Entertainment: Bring items to help pass the time during treatment, such as books, magazines, crossword puzzles, or a tablet loaded with movies or games.

Headphones: Noise-canceling headphones can help block out noise and create a more peaceful environment during treatment.

Personal Care Items: Pack personal care items such as lip balm, lotion, hand sanitizer, and tissues to keep comfortable during treatment. Consider fragrance-free options to minimize irritation.

Notebook and Pen: Bring a notebook and pen to jot down any questions or concerns you have during treatment, as well as notes from your healthcare provider.

Medications: If you take medications regularly, be sure to bring them with you to treatment appointments (always check with your medical providers prior to taking any medications during your treatments)

Supportive Items: If you find comfort in certain items, such as a favorite blanket, stuffed animal, or photo of loved ones, bring them along to provide emotional support during treatment.

Appointment Information: Bring any paperwork related to your appointment, including insurance information, identification, and a list of medications you're currently taking.

Support Person: Consider bringing a friend or family member to accompany you to treatment appointments for emotional support and assistance, especially if you may feel overwhelmed or anxious.

By preparing and bringing these essential items to breast cancer treatment appointments, you can help ensure a more comfortable and supportive experience for yourself or your loved one during this challenging time. Don't hesitate to reach out to your healthcare team if you have any questions or need additional support