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Creating a chemotherapy comfort kit

Oct 11, 2020

Just a few small things can make a big difference: snacks, warm socks, lip balm, lotion and a deck of cards can make the hours pass more easily.

Staying warm is a priority, as body temperature can change while undergoing treatment. Dressing in layers is helpful, suggested Heather Wood, clinical nurse educator and nurse supervisor at Compass Oncology. An extra sweater, socks or slippers are good to have on hand.

Some patients use the time to engage in a favorite hobby or pastime and bring their own materials and supplies, like yarn for knitting or crocheting or paper products for cardmaking. Ellery
Palanuk, breast cancer nurse navigator at Compass Oncology, suggested bringing a notepad and pen for journaling or jotting down things to remember.

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