What is the best way to help a cancer patient during the holidays?

Here are some ideas for caregivers when caring for someone during the holidays:

Understand if your loved one is not feeling in the mood to celebrate

Be supportive of your loved one’s feelings

Be a good listener

Keep an eye on your loved one — if your loved one can’t get up or doesn’t get out of bed, this could be a sign of depression

If your loved one always enjoyed holidays, then offer to decorate for them or to help them decorate

If your loved one wants to send out cards, offer to help address envelopes

Discuss the holidays in advance

Make sure the food /smell is not something that would cause nausea

Don’t compare holidays

Don’t be afraid to ask for help from your friends, family, and neighbors

Consider talking to a counselor to help you get through what can be a very stressful time.

Continue healthy eating and exercise