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Tips on How to Prepare for Chemotherapy

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When one is first diagnosed with cancer, they can be understandably overwhelmed with all that comes with such devastating news. And where we can do frustratingly little to help assuage the fears and pain experienced by those individuals, as a company that focuses on providing the best in comfortable patient clothing, we strive to do our part in helping them experience more tolerable treatment sessions. In hopes of doing so, we've compiled a list of helpful tips for getting through your chemo treatments. 

  • Make a dentist appointment before you start. Dental exams and cleanings are some of the experiences that you can't have when in chemo. Make sure that your teeth are cleaned before your first session. Avoid the mouth sores that are common in chemotherapy patients by brushing and rinsing with mouthwash several times a day. 
  • Stock up on body lotion and lip balm. Try to find those that are free of chemicals and parabens in order to attain proper moisture for both lips and skin. Chemotherapy can be very drying and you'll feel more comfortable after slathering on lotion on a daily basis. 
  • Get a great new outfit, meant specifically for chemotherapy sessions. Chemo patients often feel vulnerable and exposed, not to mention downright cold, when having to expose their body in order to allow access to needles and such. Make sure to have plenty of chemotherapy clothing on hand which grants health care workers access to medical apparatus without exposing you in uncomfortable ways. 
  • Drink lots and lots of water. Some patients of chemo only drink water and tea in order to avoid dehydrating caffeine and sugar. The added hydration will also help move the chemicals through your system faster, keep your skin and hair moisturized and helps reduce nausea. The antioxidants found in green tea is shown to help fight cancer in tandem with treatment. 
  • Grab some ginger. When it comes to the expected bouts of nausea, common after chemo treatment sessions, there is nothing better for relief than ginger. Add it to your tea, chop it into your recipes, eat it raw. Just keep a plentiful supply on hand. You'll thank yourself later.