Helping those with cancer is important to most of us. And when cancer hits close to home, it becomes very important. There are many things we can do to make life easier and less stressful for our cancer patient. Putting in a little time and thought will go a long way in showing how much you care.

Helping around the house
Sometimes cancer and its treatments cause our loved one to have bad days. Days when moving around is hard, weakness and nausea overtake them, and it is too hard to get out of bed. On those days, a trip to the mail box, taking out the trash, and other simple household duties and chores seem impossible. Stopping by and accomplishing these things will mean the world to your dear one.

Meals and treats
It also can become quite a chore to cook and prepare a meal. The energy needed may just not be there. By packaging up individual portions of meals you prepare for yourself and your family, you give your loved one a lovely gift indeed. They can just heat up a meal, straight from the fridge or freezer, with no prep time at all. Sometimes certain smells have an ill effect, and that can change daily. So by them being able to pull out whatever they think sounds good on that particular day, with no lingering cooking smells for the next day, is quite a blessing.

Skin Care
Skin care becomes an important aspect of a cancer patient’s life. Chemotherapy and radiation, along with other treatments, can really take a toll on their skin. Many afflictions can develop, from red patches, splitting and peeling, to sores, blisters, acne and rashes. A chemotherapy rash can take many forms, but none should be taken lightly. Giving your loved one skin care products especially formulated for their sensitive skin and special needs would be much appreciated. Nourishing and moisturizing their skin is so important and can relieve and reduce their symptoms, or their chance of developing them. 

Something that is often overlooked is simple support. Just being there for your loved one, listening to their hopes and fears, is invaluable to them. They don’t need you to have all the answers, just let them voice their worries and provide a shoulder to cry on, if need be. Often it is the little things that mean the most.

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