In the States, there are several charities and organizations that can offer free accommodation and housing assistance for cancer patients and their families
No one looks forward to a hospital stay, especially if it means travelling out of town.
Every day, more than 4,500 people in the United States are diagnosed with cancer. Many must travel out-of-state for second opinions, treatment and surgery. Combined with the millions who are already fighting cancer, the need for convenient, caring, and cost-free accommodation for patients’ family members throughout the United States increases every year.
Not having to worry about where to stay or how to pay for lodging allows guests to focus on getting better, and gives family and friends the space to focus on being supportive. To help you find accommodation, we’ve done our homework, and found some fantastic charities and organizations that are dedicated to offering housing assistance for cancer patients and their loved ones.
Unlike a hotel, these facilities also provide opportunities to connect with others going through similar situations.
Christmas and Hannukah are fast approaching, and as you prepare your holiday cards, you might be wondering what to write to someone who has cancer. Alison and Brian of From Me to You, a letter-writing cancer charity, have graciously provided some expert tips to help make your holiday card preparation a little less daunting. Read on for fantastic advice that will have you writing in no time! (You can find specific holiday tips at the bottom of the article).
In the age of email and text messages, a handwritten note or card is an especially thoughtful gesture. Taking the time to write (and mail) a note shows you care. And, unlike emails or text messages, a handwritten note can be put on display; a ready reminder that there are people who are thinking about you and who wish you well.
As the holiday season gets closer, you might be starting to think about sending cards to your friends and family. If you have a loved one who is living with cancer, sending them a holiday card might feel a bit daunting. Should you mention cancer at all? Talk about your own holiday plans? Try to be funny or avoid making jokes altogether?
We’ve been putting the finishing touches on our BRAND NEW cancer shop at Guy’s Hospital Cancer Centre in London – the first cancer-specific shop in the UK!
Come join us for our grand opening on Wednesday 8 November!
We’re so excited to be opening our FIRST EVER physical store!
Located at Guy’s Hospital Cancer Centre in London, the Live Better With Boutique at Browns offers a range of fantastic products that will help you – or your loved one – to manage the symptoms and side effects of cancer.
Not only is this our first brick-and-mortar store; it’s also the UK’s first retail store dedicated to people living with cancer and their families.
The Live Better With Boutique at Browns is completely unique and the first of its kind. It’s a place where you can find everything you need to make day-to-day life with cancer a little bit easier!
Whether you or a loved one needs to stay in hospital this festive season, here are some ways to help make it a little more enjoyable
For most people, the holidays are all about spending quality time with loved ones, observing religious traditions and reflecting on everything that they have to be grateful for.
But this may seem difficult if you or a loved one has to spend Christmas in the hospital.
For people who reside in long-term care facilities, or are staying at the hospital awaiting a procedure (or recovering from one), spending the holidays in the hospital can be a lonely time. Not only are they feeling left out of the festivities, they’re also away from familiar faces and comforts of home.
Henna crowns offer an alternative to wigs and hats, which can be especially welcoming during warmer seasons
The art and tradition of using all-natural paste from the henna plant to create temporary henna tattoos goes back to ancient Asian and Middle-Eastern history, but there’s a small group of artists that has taken this ancient art form and given it a new, modern – and healing – purpose.
We’ve done our best to round up some key facts that will help to demystify targeted therapies and the science behind them.
If your doctor has recommended that you start a course of targeted cancer therapy, you might have a lot of questions. How is it different to chemotherapy, radiotherapy or other kinds of cancer treatment? Are targeted therapy side effects better or worse? How exactly can a drug “target” the cancer?
Following last week’s blog article on how and why PICC lines are used for cancer treatment, many of you have been in touch with questions about how you can care for your PICC. In this week’s post, we look at how to look after your PICC and what products can help protect the area.
You might be wondering what to expect from your first oncology appointment. Thinking of the right questions to ask your oncologist about your diagnosis, or what to ask your doctor about cancer treatment can be an added pressure at a difficult time. So we’ve compiled some key questions for your first cancer appointment, to help you make sense of living with cancer.
Talking to your doctor can be hard at the best of times. You might feel embarrassed talking about personal health problems, or maybe you find it tough to get all your questions answered. But when your appointment has something to do with cancer, things could feel even more daunting – especially if you’ve only just been diagnosed.
However, a little preparation beforehand can help you to beat the “mind blank” brought on by nerves and emotions, and get more out of your appointment. We’ve done some research in the online cancer community and come up with the best questions to ask your oncologist at your first appointment.
Cancer and chemotherapy – Will you need a PICC line?
There is a number of different ways chemotherapy can be delivered as part of your cancer treatment. Some are more common than others, and it usually depends on the type of cancer you have, where the cancer is in the body and the particular drug or drugs you’re having.