What is a thoughtful gift for someone with breast cancer? You might want to consider “including PJs, a support pillow, a spa gift card, and many other thoughtful goodies,” says Keri Burnette from Raleigh, North Carolina.

What do you put in a care package for breast cancer? 

7 Breast Cancer Care Package Ideas to Show You Care
  • Books & Magazines. Gift your loved one some entertainment during treatment or long hospital stays.
  • A Handwritten Card.
  • Practical Items.
  • Homemade Crafts.
  • Head Coverings.
  • Post Surgery Clothing.
  • Healthy Snacks.

What gifts do cancer patients need? 

7 Thoughtful Gifts for Cancer Patients and Caregivers
  • A Meal Service or Gift Cards. Traveling to and from home for cancer treatments can be time consuming and tiring for both the patient and caregiver.
  • A Massage.
  • Time Off.
  • A Clean (or Organized) Home.
  • Comfortable Clothing.
  • A Care Basket.
  • The Same Gift You’d Get Them Otherwise.

What do you get someone recovering from breast cancer surgery? 

Most Important Items to Have Post-Mastectomy
  • Drain lanyard for shower – Once surgery is completed, you will most likely have drains that are coming out of your body and being held in place with stitches.
  • Mastectomy pillow – THIS WAS MY FAVORITE ITEM!
  • Shower seat – I had no idea how weak I would be after surgery.

What is a thoughtful gift for someone with breast cancer? – Additional Questions

What is a good gift for a cancer survivor?

Gift ideas for cancer patients: 16 survivors share their
  • Inspiring books and encouraging words.
  • Time, presence and logistical support.
  • The convenience of prepared meals.
  • Handmade crafts and heartfelt greetings.
  • Soft blankets and comfortable head gear.
  • The totally unexpected.

What supplies do you need after a mastectomy?

For your drains, know that while they’re in (6-9 weeks) you will not be able to lift your arms over your head.

What to bring to the hospital:

  • Front button and loose-fitting shirts.
  • Yoga pants.
  • Pillow for support under the arm or seatbelt.
  • Slip-on shoes.
  • Snacks.
  • Phone charger.

What can you send someone after breast cancer surgery?

That’s why we spoke with breast cancer survivors about the most useful gifts, both physical and experiential, that they received during their cancer journey.
  • A Home-cooked Meal.
  • Comfy Pajamas.
  • A Box of Luxury Bath Products.
  • Support Love.
  • Takeout Gift Cards.
  • Port/Mastectomy Pillow.
  • Prayer Shawl.
  • Ginger Candy.

How can I help a friend after a mastectomy?

Emotional help
  1. Be available to listen. Let your friend know that you’re available to come over when needed.
  2. Let her know if you don’t mind taking a call from her in the middle of the night.
  3. Just be yourself.
  4. Let her know you care.
  5. Phone her, but be respectful of her needs.
  6. Visit, but phone first to check it’s okay.

What do I need after lumpectomy?

Unlike a mastectomy (which removes the entire breast), lumpectomy removes cancer cells with a small margin of healthy breast tissue. It may help you keep more of your breast’s natural look and shape after cancer. After lumpectomy, you may need radiation or other cancer treatments.

What is a mastectomy pillow?

Mastectomy pillows are used to relieve pressure, help position body parts, and provide comfort after breast surgery. These pillows can be placed under the breast, in the armpit, or used to prop up your arm or neck.

How long do you have drains after mastectomy?

Mastectomy surgery

In most, but not all cases, the nipple and areola are also removed. The surgeon closes the skin with stitches and puts in 1-2 tubes (surgical drains) so fluid from the wound can drain out (see image below). The drain(s) stays in for about a week to 10 days after surgery.

How do you shower with breast drains?

You may shower with your drain. It’s important to hold the tubing of the drain in place while you’re in the shower so it’s not pulling against your skin. You can do this by wearing a cloth belt around your waist and securing the drain to the belt with a safety pin while you’re in the shower.

How painful is a mastectomy?

Answer From Sandhya Pruthi, M.D. You’re not alone in having pain after breast surgery. Studies of women who had a variety of breast cancer operations found that between 25 and 60 percent reported some level of pain or sensations after breast surgery.

What happens to your body after a mastectomy?

Right after the surgery, you will probably feel weak, and you may feel sore for 2 to 3 days. You may feel pulling or stretching near or under your arm. You may also have itching, tingling, and throbbing in the area. This will get better in a few days.

Do I have to wear a bra after mastectomy?

If you had a mastectomy, it is up to you if you’d like to wear a bra or camisole unless otherwise told by your surgical team. Some bras are more comfortable than others to wear during this time. You have the option to wear a bra or camisole right after mastectomy surgery (with or without reconstruction).

What nerves are cut during mastectomy?

The main nerves at risk during mastectomy are: ICBN, medial and lateral pectoral, thoracodorsal, long thoracic and intercostal nerves. Nerve injury can be direct via transection (neurotmesis), or indirect from traction, compression or scar adhesion (neuropraxia, axonotmesis).

Is there a lot of pain after a mastectomy?

Reports indicate that 40 to 60 percent of patients who undergo mastectomy suffer from chronic pain — pain lasting longer than three months.

What is the fastest way to recover from a mastectomy?

9 Tips for Mastectomy Recovery:
  1. Get some rest!
  2. Ask for help when you need it.
  3. Take your meds as directed by your physician.
  4. Care for your post-mastectomy drain properly.
  5. Wear a post-mastectomy bra.
  6. Do the work.
  7. Talk to others who are in the same situation.
  8. Try to get back to it.

How do you mentally prepare for a mastectomy?

Five ways to prepare for a mastectomy—emotionally and physically
  1. You’re not your breasts (or your hair!).
  2. It’s OK to grieve.
  3. Consider your options after mastectomy.
  4. Discuss your concerns about the procedure with your care team.
  5. Recovery just takes time.

Is a mastectomy traumatic?

The incidence of traumatic neuroma is extremely low, especially in those patients with breast cancer after mastectomy. There are only 10 cases reported in the literature. We report a patient who developed a palpable nodular mass near the mastectomy scar. The result of excisional biopsy was traumatic neuroma.

What should I wear home from hospital after mastectomy?

If you’re staying longer, you’ll likely grow tired of the hospital gown. Pack some open-front sweat jackets or cotton or flannel shirts that zip, tie, or button easily — nothing you need to pull on over your head. Our Community members also recommend loose-fitting pull-on pants in cotton or silky fabrics.