If you know someone undergoing chemotherapy or radiotherapy, here are some simple things you can get for them to help them through.

Ten people from the Little Lifts team smiling while standing in a row and holding up Little Lifts boxes above their heads

10 simple gifts for people in cancer treatment

Chemotherapy and radiotherapy can both have unpleasant side-effects for breast cancer patients. Possible side-effects include hair loss, nausea and fatigue, as well as a number of other symptoms. Getting through this part of treatment is never easy, and it’s important to support people through it as much as possible.

With that in mind, here are 10 simple gifts you can give to someone who is currently in treatment:

  • Moisturising cream to soothe sensitive skin.
  • A heated eye-mask, or a candle for the room, to aid relaxation.
  • A soft toothbrush and natural toothpaste to help a sore mouth.
  • Crosswords and puzzles to support mindfulness, and to help pass the time during treatment.
  • Lolly recipe cards to help with hot flushes and soothe a sore mouth.
  • Cordial and organic herbal tea to help stay hydrated during treatment.
  • A notebook to keep track of questions, side-effects or to note down feelings and thoughts.
  • Hot chocolate – simply put, a hug in a mug!
  • Organic mixed herbs and chilli oil to add flavour to food.
  • Wildflower seeds so they can embrace nature during their treatment.

Little Lifts’ mission to provide care packages for everyone in treatment

Oa, who had breast cancer in 2014, knows the value of these simple but effective items.

‘Chemotherapy was tough but manageable because of the amazing gifts that my friends and family got me,’ she said. ‘They boosted my mood and helped me deal with some of the tougher side-effects, like a sore mouth and loss of taste. I felt lucky to have the support from them.’

A couple of years after she finished treatment, Oa decided to set up the charity ‘Little Lifts’, to help other people who had recently been diagnosed.

Little Lifts, a charity dedicated to supporting people in active treatment, provides all of the above items and more in one handy little box. The organisation is on a mission to provide free, thoughtfully-curated boxes to every breast cancer patient in the UK currently receiving chemotherapy or radiotherapy treatment.

To find out more or to apply, visit the Little Lifts website.

Side-effects of treatment