What to take to Chemo

I’m halfway through my chemotherapy treatment for Triple Negative Breast Cancer (hurray!) and I’ve put together a list of what to take to chemo if you’re heading there yourself.

You might be sitting in the chemo chair for many hours each treatment, especially for the first one, so it’s good to take a few things with you to occupy you and make the time fly quicker.

What to take to chemo:

1.  Kindle/Book

When my beautiful blogging buddies heard about my chemo, they got together and sent me a Kindle! (affiliate link)

For years I’ve complained about not having the time to read books any more, especially since having kids. Now, I’m faced with sitting for hours on end having chemo and it’s the perfect time to start reading again. They couldn’t have picked a more wonderful gift for this :)

2.  Puzzle Books

I’m a bit of a Puzzle Book fiend and have been since I was a kid so I was delighted to get one from my Mums Group friends in a lovely care package they sent me and it’s been keeping me busy in between watching the daytime TV shows!

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3.  Snacks

Your hospital will probably supply these but as you’re there for a while you might want to take some snacks with you.

Bear this in mind though: some chemo drugs, such as the AC chemo I had first time, cause mouth ulcers and you’re advised to suck an icy lolly while it’s being administered. My nurses provided lemon ones but I honestly don’t think I could ever face one again because I associate it with chemo.

If you are going to take snacks, consider not taking your favourite ones as you might end up being put off them – you don’t want that!

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4.  Phone Charger

Whether or not you’re an iPhone addict like me and using it almost constantly, you might want to consider taking your charger if you’re going to be at the hospital for a while so you are definitely able to keep in touch with your loved ones if you want to chat to them.

5.  A Family Member or Friend

I’ve put this one last for the simple reason that having looked around my chemo ward, some people either choose not to bring their family/friends or they are not able to.

I have been very lucky in always having my husband or mum to come along with me and I’ve had offers from some amazing friends to travel and sit with me too (thank you thank you!).

If you do have someone to come along with you, let them know to bring the above things with them as it’s pretty boring for them too! Oh, and they won’t get a hospital lunch either :) Chemo patients have friends in high places – chemo nurses!

Do you have any more suggestions on what to take to chemo?

If you have a friend or family member about to start chemotherapy, you might like to put together a little care package for them with some of the above and a few of their favourite things! Please give them my love and best wishes and if they have any questions, ask them to contact me and I’ll help in any way I can.

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15 Comments

  1. 21st March 2016 / 8:57 pm

    Great list. I haven’t experienced this personally but a friend of mine has and she read your article nodding along the whole time.

    • 21st March 2016 / 9:02 pm

      Oh thank you Kell – I’m so pleased it was helpful. Lots of love to your friend too x

  2. Lyn
    21st March 2016 / 9:44 pm

    I never took snacks. I didn’t think of it and he first time, and never felt like eating during any of my subsequent doses. Other than that, all these were things I always took with me. My sister came to all but one of my chemo appointments, and a good friend came to that one with me. All the best for the rest of your chemo. Halfway feels good, the end of chemo is fantastic!!!

    • 21st March 2016 / 9:58 pm

      I’m the opposite – I can’t stop eating – I SHOULD stop :) thank you so so much Lyn – I’m nearly there! x

      • Lyn
        22nd March 2016 / 5:23 pm

        I found it really hard to eat through chemo, and ended up as one of the rare ones. I actually lost weight through chemo!! Mind you, plenty to go still, and at least it hasn’t gone back on

        • 22nd March 2016 / 6:21 pm

          Ah that happened to me for the first 2 rounds but then the steroids (and being greedy!) has got the better of me. I think after Easter I need to sort it out :) x

  3. 22nd March 2016 / 10:09 am

    That is such an amazing thing to do, putting together a list that will help other people. I bet loads of people will find your post in the future and it will make things just a little bit more bearable for them during chemo.
    Nat.x

    • 22nd March 2016 / 10:25 am

      I really hope so, thank you so much! x x

  4. 24th March 2016 / 6:24 pm

    I’ve accompanied a few friends to their chemo and it’s been a privilege to be with them. I’d add into the mix a pair of headphones because we have had fun listening to Pod casts together. #brillblogposts

    • 13th April 2016 / 6:56 pm

      Perfect choices! x

  5. 4th July 2016 / 7:06 pm

    Great list. I may need this advice if I need intravene chemo x

    • 4th July 2016 / 7:08 pm

      Thanks lovely – chocolate helped too :) x

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