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Great Holiday Gifts for Cancer Patients

Are you looking to purchase a great holiday gift for a cancer patient? To give a gift that will be special and highly appreciated, we suggest buying a gift that is both thoughtful and useful.

Cancer treatments including most chemotherapy regimens and radiation can cause unpleasant and uncomfortable side effects. Great gifts can help reduce the severity of these side effects and help to improve the patient’s quality of life.  Even simple side effect solutions can have a big effect on quality of life.

Deluxe Chemo Gift Kit

Deluxe Chemotherapy Gift

We have created a list of possible side effects and product suggestions to help combat the uncomfortable symptoms. Giving a gift of comfort shows that you understand and empathize with the patients’ health challenges.

Click on any product name below for more information and details about the product.

NAUSEA

We recommend Queasy Drops which are helpful in three ways: 1) they help to reduce nausea and 2) they help keep a dry mouth hydrated 3) they have a pleasant taste. These make a great stocking stuffer.

Biobands are simple acupressure wrist bands which can be worn round the clock with no side effects. They also help reduce nausea, and are reasonably priced.

RADIATION SKIN CARE

For compromised skin including radiation reaction and radiation dermatitis, we suggest My Girls Skin Care Cream, which is calendula based and calming. It goes on the skin feeling creamy but not oily.

For burned and painful skin we recommend RADX Radiation Therapy which also has 2% lidocaine as an ingredient to help reduce pain.  CoolMagic gel sheets also offer incredible relief.

A personal products gift collection with excellent value is the DermaQOL 9 Piece Gift Kit which includes soap, lotions, therapy cream, shampoo, conditioner, lip balm, and more. The DermaQOL products contain no harsh ingredients (ie no parabens, or other harsh products).

For a calming spray, we suggest CV Skinlabs Rescue & Relief Spray or Atopalm Moisture Mist.

To help surgical scars heal consider CV Skinlabs Restorative Skin Balm.

DRY MOUTH

Many chemotherapy regimens, and radiation to the throat and neck often cause dry mouth.  MouthKote is a handy spray that can be carried in a purse or a briefcase to combat dry mouth. We suggest Oral Balance Gel to help with mouth sores.

CLOTHING

Interesting and creative head wraps or hats may be appreciated by patients experiencing hair loss. There are also special surgical gowns that have been designed for cancer patients with special closures and port holes.  You can read about Radiant Wraps by clicking here.

STRESS

Relaxation, meditation and breathing products can help reduce stress. We suggest the Breathe with Purpose CD.  There are also calming apps which can be downloaded onto your phone. These products can help the patient relax during chemo infusions, or help improve sleep.

THE UNKNOWN

Fear of the unknown can cause escalation and rumination which can increase stress. The book “When Cancer Hits” by Britta Aragon is a complete guide to navigating all the changes that a patient will experience between the doctor’s office and everyday living including how to best manage side effects, stress and home recovery, and how to sustain positive energy during treatment and beyond.

LACK OF EXERCISE

Gentle exercise is generally recommended for cancer patients. Carol Michaels has written a book called  “Exercises for Cancer Survivors” and also has two gentle exercise DVD’s which can be done in the comfort of your own home. Some cancer patients are under the impression that inactivity will decrease fatigue and speed recovery. However, exercising during and after cancer surgery and treatments is helpful for one’s physical and mental well-being. The book and DVD’s are valuable resources and can help guide patients.

POOR APPETITE

Chemotherapy can affect appetite and taste. While many well wishers think that sweets and candy will be appreciated, many oncologists recommend that sugary products should be avoided. Therefore if considering food, we suggest homemade broths and chicken soups, or organic fruit and vegetable gift baskets.

 

Give the Gift of Comfort

Lots To Live For, Inc. delivers comfort during cancer

Lots To Live For, Inc. has been delivering comfort during cancer for over 12 years. We have helped many patients and their families combat the unpleasant and uncomfortable side effects of cancer treatment. We have a number of curated gift collections, or you can choose a collection of products from our website to create a more personalized gift.

by Margot Malin,

Founder and CEO of Lots To Live For, Inc.

 

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CV Skinlabs Products

 

DermaQOL Gift Kit

DermaQOL Gift Kit

 

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DermaQOL: Personal Health Products With No Harsh Ingredients – An Excellent Choice for Skin Care During Cancer Treatment

By Jama Russano, Guest Blogger

How many issues related to your personal health are directly linked to the personal care products you use every day?

DermaQOL Personal Care products are specifically formulated from a select group of certified organic essential oils, extracts, and resins combined with natural materials that meet our strict standards and ‘free of harsh ingredient list’.

WHY DERMAQOL? BECAUSE INGREDIENTS MATTER – WHAT YOU PUT ON YOUR BODY MATTERS! 

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Ninety percent of skin-care products on the market contain ingredients that can be carcinogenic, estrogenic, or teratogenic, with the potential for long-term serious neurological disorders and conditions. The use of Endocrine-disrupting xenoestrogenic chemicals, such as parabens, phthalates, bisphenol A (BPA), BHT, and BHA are commonly found in everyday personal care products such as cosmetics, shampoo, lotions, sunscreens, hand washing soaps, lining of canned foods, and flame retardant clothing such as children’s pajama’s, to name a few.

Skin is the body’s largest organ; so everything we put on our skin can potentially end up in our bodies.
Because many carcinogens and nano-ingredients are absorbed through the skin they can bypass the liver, entering the bloodstream and the body organs without being detoxified,thus posing greater risk than food contaminated with the same substances. And children absorb 30-percent more chemicals than adults.

Xenoestrogens are hormone disruptors that minic the efects of estrogen, a hormone naturally produced by the body’s endocrine system. The body mistakes these synthetic chemicals for its own hormones, thereby disrupting the natural process of human growth, development, and metabolism. Published studies show there is mounting evidence that chronic exposure to xenoestrogens can disrupt normal endocrine function, which can lead to reproductive failure and cancers of estrogen-sensitive tissues.

In December 2012, the World Health Organization (WHO) released a report, “State of the Science of Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals,” based on hormone disruptors (xenoestrogens) that mimic the efects of estrogen, a hormone naturally produced by the body’s endocrine system.” WHO full report-9789241505031 eng.pdf . May 2013.
An international team from WHO reported, “Evidence today linking hormone-disrupting chemicals to human health and wildlife, particularly killer whales and harbor seals, both having high levels of PCBs that accumulate in ocean and ecosystems, has grown stronger over the past decade ‘becoming a global threat’ and needs to be immediately addressed, ranking this above climate warming.”

BE KIND TO YOUR SKIN 

Now that we have identified the problem, it has taken five years to create a solution for the most delicate skin! DermaQOL Personal Care products are specifically formulated from a select group of certified organic essential oils, extracts, and resins combined with natural materials that meet our strict standards and ‘free of harsh ingredient list’.  Each product and package is tested to ensure there is no estrogenic activity. Delicate, nourishing, and sensitive skin-care products that simply glide across your skin without pulling and tugging. Feel the difference. Take the challenge and compare our products to what you are currently using.

To learn more about DermaQOL products and to purchase DermaQOL products visit: http://www.lotstolivefor.com/brands/Derma-QOL.html

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References:

1. Most Prevalent Xenoestrogens in Personal Care: Houlihan J, Brody C, Schwan B. Environmental Working
Group. Not too pretty. Phthalates, beauty products and the FDA. http://www.ewg.org/files/nottoopretty_final.pdf [Accessed: May 18, 2012]
2. Environmental estrogens, cosmetics and breast cancer. Best Pract Res Clin Endocrinol Metab 2006;20:121-143. Darbe PD.
3. Urinary excretion of phthalates and paraben after repeated whole-body topical application in humans.
Janjua NR, Frederiksen H, Skakkebaek NE, et al. Int J Androl 2008;31:118-130.
4. Phthalate exposure among pregnant women in Jerusalem, Israel: result of a pilot study. Berman T, Hochner-Celnikier D, Calafat AM, et al Environ Int 2009;35:353-357.
5. Personal care product use and urinary levels of phthalate metabolites in Mexican women. Romero-Franco M, Hernandex-Ramirez RU, Calafat AM, et al. Environ Int 2011;37:867-871.
6. Personal care product use predicts urinary concentrations of some phthalate monoesters. Duty SM, Ackerman RM, Calafat AM, Hauser R. Environ Health Perspec 2005;113:1530-1535.7. Estrogen and xenoestrogens in breast cancer. Fernandez SV, Russo J. Toxicol Path 2010;38:110-122.

No Harsh Ingredients

No Harsh Ingredients in DermaQOL Products

Jama Russano, the author of this post has over 30 years’ experience in the cosmetics industry.  She developed Thorne Organics and DermaQOL Estrogenic Activity Free Skin Care Products. Prior to Thorne Research, Inc., she was the founder and president of C.A.T.S. (Children Afflicted by Toxic Substances).  As president of C.A.T.S., Ms. Russano worked with Schneider Children’s Hospital in identifying severe allergic reactions to various medical devices and common ingredients used in everyday personal care and household products.  She also worked closely with the Clinton White House, CDC, NIH, FDA, and HHS and has testified before Congress.  She has contributed to four major medical studies concerning the harmful effects of toxic substances.

Clean, estrogenic free ingredients are her passion.

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