The Vine: June 27, 2014
A recent Ask The Readers inspired me to ask for help for my father-in-law who has colon cancer. However, he is doing oral chemo soon, rather than injection, and the info online is really confusing as to what side effects he will or won't have.
Some places say oral chemo also causes hair loss, some say it doesn't, etc. And I hope the sites the Readers gave for your letter writer were helpful to her, but they seemed to be 99% products for women. (And can I say that I'm a little put out that that TLC Direct, a site associated with the American Cancer Society itself, ONLY sells products for women? What, men don't get cancer?)
Anyway, I'd like two things:
1) Info on what symptoms and side effects a person taking oral chemo IS likely to experience, and
2) Products to mitigate them.
I want to put together a care package for my father-in-law of products — I think he needs a soft hat (he wears ball caps all the time, so something that style but soft would be great), lotions to deal with skin irritation, mouthwash that won't irritate mouth sores, etc.
However, he's a proud "man's man" type, so no fuzzy blankets or soothing teas or meditation tapes or "cancer journals" or any of that kind of touchy-feely stuff. All the care packages I've found premade online for cancer patients seem to feature those kind of products, and he'd just turn his nose up at the whole thing if that's the first thing he sees. I don't mind assembling my own basket, but I want to make sure I buy the right kinds of products, and I'm not sure which brands are good for chemo patients. Please ask the readers.
Fuck Cancer in the Tea Cozy
Tags: Ask The Readers health and beauty