18 Sep Ways you can care for a Cancer Patient
Knowing what to do or finding a starting point to reach out to a person with Cancer may be hard
This resource contains ideas that can help you show love and compassion in thoughtful and tangible ways
The demands of daily life can be overwhelming for someone with cancer. You can ease the burden with a sincere offer to help. See if you can get a personalized list of ideas from the patient’s family or caregiver.
Here is a list of ideas to help you get started
- Take on simple errands, like grocery shopping, picking up the mail, or taking pets to vet appointments.
- Assist with housecleaning or yard work during treatment times.
- Offer to babysit once or twice a month so parents can enjoy time as a couple.
- Be “on call” for emergencies.
- Offer to drive to appointments and be present during treatments.
Cancer patients go through a whirlwind of physical and emotional changes. Be a mirror of positivity and hope
- Offer to treat them to a manicure/pedicure, facial or makeup demo.
- Give a hat, wig or scarf as a gift if they experience hair loss with treatment
- Encourage patients and families to get involved with a support team
- Give a gift certificate to a spa or massage therapy session
- Make physical contact. Begin and end your visits with a touch, a hug or a handshake
- Take a Hamper of Hope to them. You can order for one Here.
Cancer can cause a person to feel isolated and without hope. Make the most of your time by being a source of faith and strength
- Pray with them. Let them know God has not forgotten them. Send a quick text, email or message to say you’re thinking of them
- Offer to visit or take them out for coffee or lunch. Make sure to check if they’re feeling up to it
- Write a heartfelt letter of encouragement. Remind them they’re loved and how their life makes a difference to you and others
- Laugh together! A light conversation or a humorous story can make a patient’s day.
- Talk about topics other than cancer. People going through treatment often need a break from talking about the disease. Invest time in learning about their interests and hobbies or discuss future plans
- Simply listen. Remember the most important thing is not always what you say—it’s your presence
The stress of financial worries over cancer treatments can be debilitating. Being an advocate can alleviate some of the burdens.
- Offer to help patients and their families research options and fully understand their insurance coverage
- Coordinate a fundraising effort. Car washes, bake sales and benefits are great ways to involve others in helping to raise funds. Websites like GoFundMe.com or GiveForward.com are easy ways to engage and inspire others to help.
- Reach out to others. National cancer advocacy groups and social workers provide a broad range of services to those who need help and support. Many pharmaceutical companies have co-pay assistance available. Research independent organizations who can help find reduced-cost (or free) medications.
- You can help others learn to trust God and find hope and peace in the midst of fear. Don’t be tempted to think you’re not doing enough—often, it’s the little things which can make the difference.