Gifts for cancer patients-what not to send

The gifts you should not send to a cancer patient who is in the hospital are: potted plants, sugary sweets, fatty foods, bedding, skin care products with artificial ingredients.

Cancer patients have weakened immune systems as a result of the chemo or radiation treatments, and as a result of the cancer itself. Cancer weakens the bodies immune system and cancer patients are in a fight or flight scenario when it comes to battling incoming threats from viruses and bacteria. As a result, cancer wards and cancer treatment centers within and outside of hospitals are strict in screening for incoming sources of potential infection.

Now flowers and plants are lovely to look at. They signify beauty and life in most situations and can cheer up a patient quickly. However, flowers and plants are also popular bereavement gifts. Did you think of that? We know, anyone who is sending a gift to a cancer patient wants to send the right message and sometimes flowers may send mixed messaging. Additionally, the fragrant smell of the flowers can make them feel worse. Certain cancers and certain cancer treatments can trigger the area of the brain called the vomiting center. This part of the brain triggers a reflex pathway that leads to feelings of nausea and potential vomiting.

As for healthy snacks, or what you think is healthy in that cancer gift basket that you are shopping for online...just say no. If you have stayed in a hospital in your lifetime you can probably agree that the "hospital jello" is about the only tasty food item on the menu. So your probably thinking your friend or loved one who is having cancer treatment could probably use some healthy snacks or a gourmet gift basket during the stay. If you choose this route, be sure the cancer patient isn’t on any type of a restricted diet (which he or she probably will be if undergoing cancer treatment.) Ginger products, organic teas and peppermints are nice food gifts to choose for a cancer patient.