The holidays are here, and people are drafting lists of loved ones and gift ideas all over the country. If someone on your gift list is a cancer patient, however, finding the right gift can be a challenge. Cancer is a sensitive subject for anyone, and it’s difficult to know how to keep gifts respectful while also expressing how much you care. At Pasadena CyberKnife, our mission is to make the cancer treatment process as easy as possible for everyone. Here’s our guide to holiday gift-giving to cancer patients.
A Survivor Memoir
Books can be a source of encouragement, learning, and relaxation during treatment, and many patients find that reading stories of other cancer sufferers who survived can be heartening, therapeutic activity. A memoir from a cancer survivor makes a great gift for any cancer patient in your life. If you’re not sure where to start, check out It’s Only Temporary: The Good News & Bad News of Being Alive by Evan Handler.
A Unique Plant
This may sound surprising, but having something to care for – even something as simple as a potted plant – can actually be a tremendously positive factor for a cancer patient. The act of nurturing is rewarding on a deep emotional level, and caring for a beautiful plant helps many patients find solace in the day-to-day of the cancer treatment process. Succulents are an excellent choice for a gift to a cancer patient, as they’re unique, visually beautiful, and relatively easy to care for.
A Cleaning Service
Sometimes, the most mundane gifts can be the most impactful. One of the things that many people fail to realize about fighting cancer is that during the battle, life doesn’t stop. There are still dishes to be done, countertops to be cleaned, and clothes to be folded – and if a cancer patient just feels too exhausted to deal with cleaning, it’s easy for things to start piling up. Something as simple as an occasional cleaning service can make a powerful positive impact for a cancer patient, making an excellent holiday gift.
Contact Your Los Angeles Radiation Therapy Center
At the end of the day, the exact gift you give isn’t so important: what matters most is the care and love you show through the act of giving, and the ongoing support you provide as your loved one battles cancer. If someone you love is currently going through the fight against cancer or has recently been diagnosed, they deserve the best in their treatment – and Pasadena CyberKnife is here to help. As a leading radiation therapy clinic serving the Los Angeles area, we offer state-of-the-art CyberKnife treatment for many cancerous conditions. Contact us today to schedule a consultation and find out if we can help you or your loved one win the fight against cancer. Until then, we wish you a happy holiday season full of resilience, strength, and love.