Get-well gifts for cancer patients

Written by larry davis
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Get-well gifts for cancer patients
Get-well gifts brighten a patient's day. (Teddy bear as a patient in hospital image by Monika 3 Steps Ahead from

A 2006 statistical study from the American Cancer Society showed that more than 11 million people of all ages had some type of cancer. As varied as the types of cancer, so are the severity of the illness, treatment and the people who suffer from this disease.

Get-well gifts for cancer patients vary with the age of the patient, the type of cancer and treatment and the specific needs of the patient. A carefully chosen gift is always appreciated.

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Inspirational Gifts

Inspirational gifts tell a cancer patient that there is hope. Give an inspirational book, such as a "Chicken Soup for the Soul" books, or a cancer survivor's biography.
Posters and pictures with inspirational verses or single words like, FAITH/HOPE/BELIEVE, will inspire and comfort the gift receiver.

Purchase a stuffed animal, such as cancer bears with an encouraging caption or add a card with a caption to the bear.

Cancer awareness bracelets, pins and other jewellery items are a reminder to the cancer patient of hope and courage and shows that others are supporting them.

Cancer awareness ribbon
Cancer awareness ribbon (3 pink ribbons image by robert mobley from

Encouragement Gifts

Gifts of encouragement will lift the spirits of a cancer patient. Besides sending cards yourself, buy a box for the patient to keep all her get-well cards in. Give a journal to a cancer patient.

Journaling is great therapy for an ill person. An empty journal or one with printed Bible verses on the pages will allow her to write down feelings and things she wants to remember about her cancer journey.

Give a cap, turban, gown or T-shirt with autographs and encouraging phrases from friends.

Journaling is meaningful to cancer patients.
Journaling is meaningful to cancer patients. (woman writing in journal image by jimcox40 from

Practical Gifts

Cancer patients can use practical gifts, according to their situation and needs. A phone calling card for use in the hospital helps the patient to keep in contact with family and friends. Give a basket of useful items, such as hard candies, lip balm and body lotion to make her more comfortable. Give your time. Offer to run errands, babysit, or drive the patient or family members when needed.

If the patient is undergoing chemotherapy or radiation, or for hospital stays, consider giving an MP3 player, CD player or personal DVD player. Or, give a gift of favourite music or movies.

Purchase note cards and stamps to help the patient correspond with faraway family or to send out thank-you notes.

Fill gift baskets with useful items.
Fill gift baskets with useful items. (Wheat basket image by Dario Corno from

Humorous Gifts

A little humour can brighten the day of a cancer patient. Purchase or make a "whammit" doll for those times when a patient just wants to hit the wall with something.

Give a shirt or hat with a sassy phrase, such as "I'm having a no-hair day." Present a hospital patient with a stopwatch to see how long it takes for someone to answer the call light. Let the patient use her kid-friendly bandages after a shot.

Humour helps lift the spirits of a cancer patient.
Humour helps lift the spirits of a cancer patient. (stop laughing sign image by robert mobley from

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