Story by: Sara Sidery on March 9, 2022
When a child is diagnosed with cancer and has to start chemotherapy, it can be overwhelming for the entire family. Preparing, however, and arriving at the Norton Children’s Infusion Center with a “chemo bag” — filled with practical and comforting items from home — can help reduce stress for both the child and parent.
“Our providers do everything they can to help families during their stay, but a prepacked ‘chemo bag’ can help everyone be as comfortable as possible during a child’s treatment,” said Ashok B. Raj, M.D., pediatric hematologist/oncologist with Norton Children’s Cancer Institute, affiliated with the UofL School of Medicine.
The below packing list includes suggested items that may be used in outpatient settings, so make adjustments based on the length of your child’s stay and use what works best for your family.
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Kids’ chemo bag
Parents’ chemo bag