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For Everyone Touched By Cancer

Chemotherapy Guides

We are building this section of our website to have as much information on chemotherapy as we can to be useful to both cancer patients and their friends and loved ones.

We have articles describing what chemotherapy treatment is, the type of chemo, different ways it is used for treatment, chemo side effects..and a lot more.

What is not included here are many personal stories of chemotherapy experiences. You can find these in our cancer blogs section.

If you haven't got the time now to delve into our articles, below are some short answers to some general questions about chemo (for more in-depth responses, please check out the appropriate articles below when you are ready).


Chemotherapy is a type of cancer treatment that uses drugs to kill cancer cells. The drugs can be taken orally or injected into a vein and travel throughout the body to reach and kill cancer cells. Chemotherapy can be used alone or in combination with other treatments, such as radiation therapy or surgery, to achieve the best outcome.
Days 7-10 after chemotherapy are typically when patients experience the lowest blood cell counts and are most vulnerable to infection and other complications. However, the specific timing can vary depending on the type and dose of chemotherapy and the individual patient's response to treatment plan.
The number of rounds of chemotherapy a patient receives can vary depending on many factors, including the type and stage of cancer, the patient's overall health, and response to treatment. Some patients may only need one or two rounds of chemotherapy, while others may require several rounds over several months or longer. The treatment plan is individualized and determined by the patient's healthcare team based on the patient's specific needs and circumstances.

Intravenous (IV) chemotherapy is the most common type of chemotherapy and it is where drugs are delivered directly into a vein through an IV line. The drugs then circulate throughout the body to reach and destroy cancer cells. IV chemotherapy can be given in a hospital, outpatient clinic, or at home with a portable pump. This method of delivery allows for a more controlled and consistent dose of the drugs compared to oral chemotherapy. The specific treatment plan and schedule will vary based on the type and stage of cancer and the patient's overall health.
Palliative chemotherapy is a type of treatment that is given to relieve symptoms and improve the quality of life for people with advanced-stage cancer that can't be cured. The goal of palliative chemotherapy is to shrink tumors, slow down cancer growth, and reduce symptoms such as pain, discomfort, or difficulty breathing. Unlike curative chemotherapy, which is intended to cure cancer, palliative chemotherapy is not intended to cure cancer but rather to improve the patient's quality of life. It is often used in conjunction with other palliative treatments, such as radiation therapy or pain management.

Helpful Articles

Wigs for Cancer Patients: Restoring Confidence and Comfort during Treatment

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68 Best Gifts For Chemo Patients

This Article Lists The Best Thoughtful Gift Ideas For Chemo Patients. Including Comforting, Pampering And Practical Presents That Show You Care.

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How Chemotherapy Affects Your Skin And What You Can Do About It

In This Article We Discuss Some Of The Major Impacts Chemotherapy Has On The Skin And Ways You Can Help Reduce The Effects.

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How To Prepare For Chemotherapy Treatment | 6 Easy Steps

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Everything You Need To Know About Radiotherapy And Chemo Mouth Sores

Find Out What Chemotherapy Mouth Sores Are, How To Stay More In Control, And Things You Can Do To Relieve Your Pain.

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Chemo Hair Loss: Understanding and Coping with a Common Side Effect of Cancer Treatment

Explore The Causes And Timeline Of Chemotherapy Hair Loss And Discover Many Tips and Strategies For Coping.

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What To Pack In A Chemo Bag: 18 Suggestions

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What Is Chemotherapy And Why Is It Given To People With Cancer?

This Article Answers Questions like What Is Chemotherapy? How Is Chemo Administered? And Tips To Help You Or Your Loved One Cope.

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How To Support Someone Going Through Chemo: Easy Tips to Show You Care

Here Are Some Easy And Not So Easy Tips On How You Can Help Support Someone Going Through Chemo.

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Chemotherapy Side Effects: Dealing With Short And Long Term Issues

This Article Highlights Some Common Chemo Side Effects With Tips On Overcoming And Coping With Issues Should They Arise.

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Cooking For Chemotherapy: By Chef Ryan Callahan

Cooking For Chemotherapy (Chef Ryan) Specializes In Helping Cancer Fighters Overcome Many Eating-Related Chemotherapy Side-Effects.

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Don’t Say It With Flowers: Why You Shouldn't Buy Flowers For Chemotherapy Patients

Flowers For A Chemotherapy Patient Might Seem Like A Good Idea. This Article Discusses Why You Might Want To Think Twice.

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Last Chemo Celebration - Six Best Gift Ideas For A Chemotherapy Survivor: For Celebration & Recovery

We have put together 6 gift ideas for a chemotherapy survivor. Including items for comfort, pampering and celebration.

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Understanding Chemotherapy Nausea Control: What You Can Do To Help

The Use Of Prescribed Drugs, Diet Changes And Complementary Medicine Are Discussed Here As Solutions To Relieve Chemotherapy Nausea.

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Understanding Chemotherapy Dehydration And How To Reduce The Risk

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There are several places that will give free gifts for patients undergoing chemo, these include
  1. Cancer foundations and organizations: Many non-profit organizations dedicated to helping people with cancer provide free resources and support, including free gifts.
  2. Local hospitals and clinics: Some hospitals and clinics offer free or low-cost gifts for people undergoing chemotherapy, including care packages or support groups.
  3. Patient advocacy groups: Organizations that advocate for patients with cancer may offer free gifts or connect patients with resources and support.
  4. Online communities: There are many online communities and forums for people with cancer that offer support, information, and sometimes free gifts for those undergoing chemotherapy.
It is important to note that the availability of free gifts can vary by location and may be limited. We have a list of cancer freebies for chemo patients here  and you can see a small selection below

Popular Gifts and Products For Chemo Patients

Choosing a gift for someone undergoing chemotherapy can be a thoughtful and meaningful gesture.  Below are some suggestions and you can find a wider range of appropriate and chemo-safe gifts here


Deluxe Comfort Care Package For Chemo Patients

✓ SHOW YOU CARE WITH THE DELUXE COMFORT FOR CHEMOTHERAPY CARE PACKAGE – This gift hamper has been designed by people who have had experience with cancer and chemo and is packed with gifts that will genuinely help.

✓ HELP REDUCE CHEMOTHERAPY SIDE EFFECTS WITH AN ARRAY OF HIGH-QUALITY PRODUCTS – Many items have been selected to specifically reduce chemo effects such as nausea, cold extremities and dry skin.

✓ THIS BOX IS PACKED WITH 14 GENUINELY HELPFUL GIFTS FOR SOMEONE GOING THROUGH CHEMOTHERAPY – Neck Cushion, Blanket, Bed Socks, Handwarmer, Magic Gloves, Water Bottle, Anti-Nausea Wrist Bands, Peppermint Tea, Ginger Chews, Lip Balm, Colouring book, Colouring Pencils, Cool Food Bag, Earphones.

Deluxe Male Cancer Gift Package

✓ TAKE THE WORRY OUT OF FIGURING OUT WHAT TO GET with this deluxe male cancer gift package, designed by people who understand what cancer patients really want.

✓ THIS LUXURY GIFT HAMPER HAS BEEN THOUGHTFULLY CREATED TO HELP, COMFORT AND PAMPER ANY MALE CANCER PATIENT.  Safe and appropriate for all therapies, including chemotherapy, radiotherapy, and surgery.

✓ THIS PACK COMES WITH 21 PRACTICAL AND GENUINELY USEFUL ITEMS FOR MEN WITH CANCER AT ANY STAGE. Lap tray, USB light, earphones, woven cool food bag mens moisturizer, lip balm, neck cushion, handwarmer, blanket, anti-nausea wrist band, peppermint herbal tea bags, chocolate and ginger tea, colour pad and pencils, eye gel mask, water bottle, tissues, emollient, hand sanitiser, digital thermometer.

Chemo Chic: Straight Outta Chemo Eco Tote Bag

Make a statement and carry your strength proudly with our "Straight Outta Chemo" Eco Tote Bag, the perfect companion for your chemotherapy journey. Crafted from 100% certified organic cotton 3/1 twill, this bag blends sustainability with style.

The "Chemo Chic: Straight Outta Chemo Eco Tote Bag" is more than just a bag; it's a symbol of resilience and courage. Carry your essentials with pride, making a bold statement about your journey. Order yours today and embrace each step with style and strength.

The Ultimate Cancer Care Package

✔ THIS CARE GIFT HAS EVERYTHING! Designed as the ultimate present for someone undergoing several cancer therapies including chemotherapy, radiotherapy and surgery (the most common combination), but equally useful if you don't know what treatment is.

✔ MAKE A DIFFERENCE WITH A MEANINGFUL GIFT – To show love and support, bringing relief and comfort.

✔ THIS PACK COMES WITH 34 COMFORTING, PRACTICAL AND GENUINELY USEFUL ITEMS FOR CANCER PATIENTS. – Lip Balm, Hand Cream,  Bed Socks, Sleep Mask, Ribbed Foot Roller,  Slippers, Neck Cushion,  Handwarmer, Blanket, Hot Water Bottle, Inspirational Card,  Anti-Nausea Wrist Band,  Peppermint Herbal Tea Bags,  Ginger Tea, Eye Gel Mask, Colour Pad And Pencils, Candle, Lap Tray, Woven Cool Food Bag, Face Wipes,  Magic Gloves,  Teeth Cleaning Set, Chemo Infographic, Radiotherapy Infographic, Water Bottle,  USB Light, Two Packs Of Tissues, Wind Up Fan, Emollient, Two Hand Sanitisers,  Thermometer.

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