Going to chemotherapy can be a daunting experience. You might feel anxious, sad or afraid – all of which are normal. If it’s your first session, you might be even more nervous not knowing what to expect or even what to bring with you.
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Fortunately, there are several things you can bring to each session to help put your mind at ease.
“The duration of chemotherapy varies from patient to patient, so we often suggest that patients pack a small bag of things to bring with them,” says nurse practitioner Mailey Wilks, CNP. “Having a few familiar items from home can help ease anxiety and offer distraction.”
Here’s what to consider packing:
And don’t forget, if visitors are allowed, ask a loved one or a good friend to accompany you to the appointment. Having someone nearby can help to sustain and divert you and can help to make the session a little less intimidating.