Chemo can wreak havoc on everything from skin to appetite. Put together a gift basket of products that are known to help out. For example, combat dry skin with a selection of unscented, natural lotions, suggests Tara Coyote, a best-selling author who battled cancer for four years. She suggests unscented lotions because chemo patients often develop a very sensitive sense of smell. She also recommends including a variety of bland crackers. "It is common to feel nauseous and having crackers around is handy when your tummy is upset. On this same note, peppermint tea also eases an upset stomach," she says via email.
Personal trainer and breast cancer survivor Melissa Rasbach of Kennesaw, Georgia, notes that coconut water really saved the day when she was in chemo. "Plain water did not taste good to me at all, but coconut water did," she recalls. "Plus, the added benefit of coconut water was a bonus." So be sure to toss a couple of bottles of coconut water in the basket, too. You never know what's going to click for someone!
If you're not local to the patient in question, try sending a chemo care basket from Rock the Treatment, available for men, women and children.