Caring for Someone During
If you are helping to care for a friend or family member who is fighting cancer with chemotherapy, the support you provide is important. Whether reminding them about appointments, tracking their chemotherapy side effects, or helping with daily tasks, your support can make a difference.
Ways to help someone during chemotherapy
Here are a few thoughtful ways you can help someone during chemotherapy:
- Provide transportation to and from doctor appointments
- Run errands such as shopping for groceries or taking children to or from school
- Stock their refrigerator with easily heated meals in disposable containers
- Help with household chores such as vacuuming, laundry, dishes, making beds
- Create a “travel bag” for them that is large enough to take items to and from their chemo appointments, with items to help them pass the time (books, magazines), to help keep them comfortable (blanket, small pillow, cozy socks), to help keep them warm (hat, scarf), and help with possible side effects of treatment (hard candies and water bottle for dry mouth or metallic taste and tissues for tears or runny nose)
- Show them you care—visit them, call them, send them a card, write them a note
Learn about a serious side effect of strong chemotherapy
If you are a caregiver for a patient with cancer receiving strong chemotherapy, continue to explore this website. This website provides information about a serious side effect of strong chemotherapy, which can increase the risk of infection. You can also learn how Neulasta® can help people undergoing strong chemotherapy boost white blood cell counts to a level high enough to help reduce the risk of infection. You may also want to learn about other patients who helped reduce their risk of infection with Neulasta® during chemotherapy. Then explore the helpful resources for cancer patients and caregivers for additional information and support.