Top 10 Items You Need During Cancer Treatment

Make Life Easier During Treatment with these Items

When going through cancer treatment, there are medical supplies available that make life a little easier. In these top picks, I look at the most-needed things during cancer treatment. I have personally used these items with my own care, or as a caregiver of patients with cancer.

Shower Chairs - A Must For Patients With Fatigue!

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You would be surprised at how much energy it takes to stand in the shower for 10 minutes, or sit up in the bath tub when you are fatigued. Shower chairs make bathing easy and take very little energy from the patient. If you or your loved one is experiencing fatigue from cancer treatment, this is a must-have item.

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Blanket Support- Recommended for Sensitive Skin From Radiation Therapy

When areas of the body are treated with radiation therapy, the skin can be come very sensitive. Sometimes, even blankets are irritating. This device will hold the blanket away from the skin - just enough to still keep the warmth of the blanket. I highly recommend this item.

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Inflatable Shampoo Basin

Again, this is a great product if you are experiencing fatigue, or are on bed rest. This allows a caregiver to wash the patients hair while still in bed. It is fabulous and I have never had any leaks or problems.

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Disposable Wipes

When a patient is fatigued, vomiting, and has diarrhea, disposable wipes are necessary. From experience, I learned to buy them in bulk.

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Pill Pulverizer

The Pill Pulverizer allows pills to be crushed easily, then to be put in a liquid. This is great for one that has difficulty swallowing. I also recommend it for patients who take many pills at the same and who are having difficulty swallowing them together or consecutively. It is also great for radiation patients who have dry mouth, which can make it difficult to swallow pills. Be sure to check with your physician before crushing pills, as it can sometimes alter the effectiveness.

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Nosey Cups

I love Nosey Cups, they allow drinking while laying down. You don't have to be in an upright position. They have area cut out to make room for the nose so you can tip and drink without spilling. They are great for children too!

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Bed Tray

This is a must-have item. A bed tray gives options to the patient who is in bed. The tray allows room for dining, or to read a magazine with hands propped. It even has a nice size game playing space.

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No Rinse Personal Care

Sometimes fatigue is so severe, it is just too tiring to bathe. At other times, bathing is restricted for a period after surgery. This soap doesn't require rinsing, so you can get clean without water.

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Good N Bed Adjustable Wedge

This wedge-shaped courtoured support pillow lets you convert it from a sleeping position to two different sitting positions. It's great for people who restricted to bed.

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Deluxe Composite Commode

Diarrhea and nausea are both side effects of chemotherapy. Many times there is such an urgency that the patient may not make it to the restroom. Having a bedside commode makes it much easier. I once was a caregiver to a friend who was very self conscious to use a bedside commode, so she never used it. Her husband then hung a sheet from the ceiling around the commode for her privacy. Making a private area around the it makes it less embarrassing to use.

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