Chemotherapy is the most commonly prescribed treatment for cancers as it can kill cancer cells by circulating in the body. Chemotherapy is a drug treatment that uses powerful chemicals to kill fast-growing cancer cells in your body. Other reasons for chemotherapy are to shrink cancer before surgery or radiotherapy, to try to stop cancer coming back after surgery or radiotherapy or to treat cancer that has spread from where it first started.
Though chemotherapy is an effective way to treat many types of cancer, chemotherapy treatment also carries a risk of side effects. Some chemotherapy side effects are mild and treatable, while others can cause serious complications. These side effects can be part of the cancer patient’s everyday life so finding relief from it could be strong support in their journey to fight. A cancer care package can be a good, personalized gift to express your love and care for them.
Few side effects of chemotherapy and some products from our cancer care package to provide relief to cancer patients.
The feeling of tiredness:
Tiredness and fatigue are very common side effects. It can mean that simple tasks like cooking, bathing, and cleaning can be exhausting. Listen to your body and rest. Also try to maintain a routine and eat nutritious energy-boosting foods like bananas, oatcake, and pasta. Also ensure to keep an adequate fluid intake to prevent dehydration, which can fuel tiredness.
Teapigs happy herbal tea made with whole leaves (1 pack of 15 tea bags) is part of one of our care package cancer and it’s a perfect caffeine-free drink to uplift your mood and keep you hydrated, it’s a blend of turmeric, organic apple, organic lemon balm, organic cinnamon, organic ginger, organic cardamom seed, organic sweet blackberry leaves, organic orange peel, natural flavorings, organic lemon peel, organic clove buds, organic marigold flowers, organic allspice– historically drunk to improve mood and provide a boost of energy.
Loss of appetite:
Nausea, sickness, and vomiting are common side effects that usually occur after taking or receiving chemotherapy and they can cause loss of appetite. Anti-sickness medicines are usually provided as part of the treatment plan. Clinical trials have shown that ginger can reduce the feeling of nausea. Therefore, drinking soothing ginger and lemon tea can be very helpful. The lemon also acts as an appetite stimulant.
And at the happiness apothecary, many different types of teas are available included in our cancer care packages made especially to cater to the needs of cancer patients.
The lemon also acts as an appetite stimulant. Therefore, gifting ginger lemon tea to someone fighting cancer can be a thoughtful gift for expressing your love and care to them, or even as a cancer patient inculcating a habit of having ginger lemon tea can work wonders for you.
We at the happiness apothecary have created a few cancer care packages keeping in mind the problems cancer patients have to face due to chemotherapy, and those include a wide range of teas in them one such recommendable tea is Teapigs lemon & ginger tea (pack of 15 tea bags) which contains the powerful antioxidants which can reduce free radicals in the body. Ginger also increases blood circulation in the body which is vital for optimum health. It Brings Instant Relief from Nausea and Indigestion.
Short term memory loss:
Memory loss is one of the side effects noticed in cancer patients going through chemotherapy. Chemo-brain’ is a term used to describe short-term memory loss. It can be frustrating, distressing, and confusing. Writing notes and journaling has been found to help bring a sense of empowerment and security.
Journaling helps keep your brain in tip-top shape. Not only does it boost memory and comprehension, but it also increases working memory capacity, Journaling can be an empowering tool to express yourself and promote emotional well-being.
It can be positive notes to your future self and also help your loved ones cherish your memories, it is a way to keep in touch with yourself and appreciate every minor step of success in your journey against cancer. The SHINE BRIGHT journal which is part of our cancer patient care package available can be used as a memory aide to jot notes and reminders.
Sometimes tend to damage the healthy cells of our body too:
Chemotherapy takes a toll on a person physically and mentally due to its side effects.
Chemotherapy damages dividing cells. Cancer cells divide much more often than most normal cells. Therefore, chemotherapy damages cancer cells and can possibly destroy them.
But some types of normal cells divide very often too. This happens in tissues that need a steady supply of new cells, such as the skin, hair, and nails. Chemotherapy can also damage these cells, and this causes side effects. But the damaged normal tissues can repair themselves and recover.
There are various different types of chemotherapy given to cancer patients depending on the type of cancer they are suffering from and most chemotherapies tend to cause skin problems like excessive dry skin due to the strong medicine prescribed in the treatment. Remember to let your oncology team know if this happens as they can look at tweaking your therapy.
Moisturizing helps to reduce the development of dryness or revive your skin from dryness. It not only helps skin but can also improve blood flow due to the massaging action. Moisturizing also helps to rehydrate and enhance the capacity of the skin to hold water. It is designed to rehydrate the outer layer of the skin, seal in moisture, and protect against external factors.
Skin can become sore and dry due to the strong medicines prescribed in chemotherapy, therefore keeping it moisturized is very important in order to protect it. And you can do that with the Beeutiful Shea & Lavender body butter (200mL) and SPACEMASKS, made with natural ingredients like lavender, patchouli & ylang ylang to soothe, treat & restore the skin whilst relaxing the mind which is part of the care package for cancer is available on our platform.
Don’t forget those lips too as these are usually the first area that becomes dry and chapped Lip skin is much thinner than the skin on the rest of your body, contains less protective melanin, and lacks the hair follicles and oil glands that help keep the rest of your skin moisturized; all of this leaves it more vulnerable to damage. So, it’s important to ensure adequate hydration is provided to your lips regularly.
The primary purpose of lip balm is to keep your lips moisturized. the formula's ingredients produce what's called an “occlusive” layer of material. This creates a seal that prevents moisture from escaping the skin of your lips. Lip balm's occlusive layer is very effective to keep your lips hydrated at all times.
We have created a few cancer patient care packages keeping in mind the problems cancer patients have to face due to chemotherapy, and those contain very effective products like moisturizers, face masks, and lip balms that can prevent your dehydrated skin. One such effective recommendable product is the SILVER WINNING Baby and Toddler AWARD 2021 (15mL tin) lip balm is the Beeutiful Honey lip balm.
Difficulties in sleeping:
Chemotherapy has negative externalities on a cancer patient’s sleep cycle. Tiredness/fatigue and resting in the day can impact night time sleep. Having a soothing bath before going to bed can relax the body and promote sleep cues in the body. Therefore, keeping a routine is important.
Aromatic candles have the effects of lowering stress, blood pressure and regulating heart rate that keeps you at that optimal level of relaxation which helps you have a better sleep. The gentle warmth of the self-heating eye mask provides a relaxing sensation and tension magically melts away as tired and strained eyes dose off to a comfortable sleep experience.
Burn a Beeutiful body candle (75mL, approx. 8 hours burn time) and relax in the bath. Then use the soothing and warm oil into dehydrated skin. Relax in bed with a self-heating eye SPACEMASK (pack of 5) to relieve tired eyes and let the delicate jasmine scent send you to the land of nod.
The cancer patient care package available on our website the happiness apothecary contains various types of soothing bath products which can be a great help for you to be able to fall asleep.
Various research has proven that Chamomile tea makes you feel sleepy and can be a healthy way to help fall asleep. Chamomile supplements, melatonin supplements, and lavender aromatherapy can also help you fall asleep quickly, and these natural remedies are much safer and more effective than alcohol or medication.
Teapigs snooze herbal tea with whole herbs and fruits (Pack of 15). Have it just before bed, the fancy taste of sweet apple, light lavender, and a flowery hint. A soothing mix of chamomile, apple, and lavender puts you to sleep like a baby, is part of our care package for the cancer patient.
With our cancer care packages, we at the happiness apothecary company are genuinely happy to be a part of the cancer patient's journey against cancer, containing handpicked products especially to cater to the needs of cancer patients who have to undergo chemotherapy, Like pick-me up and feel good, etc. Which can be a perfect gift to yourself to alleviate the symptoms and side effects of cancer treatment or a very thoughtful gift for a dear one to express your support in their difficult fight against cancer.
They come in three different ranges.