A home from home: Finding free accommodation for cancer patients and loved ones during treatment

In the States, there are several charities and organizations that can offer free accommodation and housing assistance for cancer patients and their families

free accommodation for cancer patients and family
There are several charities and organizations that allow you to stay close to loved ones when they’re staying in hospital far from home

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.

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How to Write a Card for Someone Who Has Cancer

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). 

What to write to someone who has cancer

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?

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Come Celebrate the Opening of the Live Better With Boutique at Browns!

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! 

first cancer shop

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!

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How to Help Loved Ones Who Are in the Hospital During the Holidays

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

celebrating christmas hospital

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.

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How to Find Help When You’re Living With Cancer

Finding help for cancer patients, their families, and their carers can be tricky. Luckily, there are lots available to assist you – all you have to do is start looking! 

Finding Help Cancer

Finding Help When You Have Cancer

There are hundreds of organisations, groups, charities and businesses out there that can help you to live better with cancer!

But what if you’re not sure what’s out there? Or if you’re not sure where to even start?

We know that it can be difficult to find what you’re looking for at the best of times, especially if you’re feeling sick.

That’s why we created the Cancer Support Map. It’s the only platform of its kind, and it will help you and your loved ones find local, relevant cancer services at the touch of a button!

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Cancer patients given the royal treatment with stunning henna crowns

Henna crowns offer an alternative to wigs and hats, which can be especially welcoming during warmer seasons

henna crowns for hair loss

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.

Sarah Walters, the creator of Sarahenna, is one of these modern artists.  She gives chemotherapy patients intricate crowns created by henna.

Using a hairless head as a canvas, she hand-paints captivating designs onto the scalp to create henna crowns (sometimes called henna caps).

“I have always known that I wanted a way to help others in a meaningful and tangible way,” Walters explained.

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Targeted cancer therapy – what is it and how does it work?

We’ve done our best to round up some key facts that will help to demystify targeted therapies and the science behind them.

targeted cancer therapy

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?

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6 key questions to ask at your first oncology appointment

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.

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PICC Lines: What You Need to Know