Your Personal Checklist: What To Bring To Chemo

Your Personal Checklist: What To Bring To Chemo is a helpful list of suggestions and products that you can take with you to chemo to make your treatments easier. We developed this checklist with the help of cancer patients and experts. 

Key Benefits: 

  • Free of charge, and can be used online or printed out for quick reference
  • Includes expert advice, and tips from people who have been through chemo themselves
  • Highlights products that can be used to help ease the side effects of chemo

We know that going through chemo can be stressful, and we hope this guide will help you to feel more comfortable and in control as you begin your treatments. 

This guide is completely free of charge and will be emailed to you once you've placed your order.

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What is a chemo checklist?

The chemotherapy checklist is downloadable, easy to read leaflet, that aims to help you live better with chemotherapy. It provides useful hints and tips on what to bring to your chemotherapy sessions. It is written by an oncology expert and tips has been provided by other community members who have finished or are currently going through chemo treatment.

Can I provide some tips for the chemo checklist?

If you have a piece of advice that you think other people would benefit from we would love to hear from you. Either submit a tip via our tips page or email us at

Who can benefit from the chemo checklist?

Anyone who is undergoing chemo, or knows someone undergoing chemo can benefit from the chemo checklist. It can provide gift ideas for people undergoing chemo, as well as give insight into products that can help you live better with chemo. Targeted therapies, such as immunotherapies are administered the same way chemotherapy and can have similar side effects. Many people who are treated with immunotherapies or other types of targeted therapies can experience cancer fatigue and nausea and can benefit from this chemo checklist.

How to pass the time during chemo:

Chemotherapy administration can take from half a day to a whole day. For some people, they need to have chemo administered over a few consecutive days. During this time, you are usually connected to a drip, making mobility limited. Additionally, you need to be monitored by nursing staff in case of an adverse reaction so will be isolated to the chemo unit or ward. It can be very long, tiresome and boring. For some people, chemo is a time where they can shut out the rest of the world, and take some time for themselves and relax, and even try to sleep through. For others though, especially those on high dose steroids, napping can be difficult. Here is a list of ideas of how to pass the time during chemo:

  • Watch tv/movies
  • Listen to music
  • Brain training
  • Crossword Puzzles
  • Attend to life admin
  • Write a diary
  • Sew/Cross stitch/Knitting
  • Read a book
  • Learn a language
  • Paint/Draw

What to bring to your first chemo treatment:

During your first chemo treatment, you may be overwhelmed with information as you learn the ropes, so to speak. Many clinics and hospitals have pre-treatment clinics, where you will be told what to bring before treatment, but this can easily be forgotten. Take some time out before your first treatment to write down any questions you may have. These could include “how long should I be expected to be here for?” or “Can I change my appointment time?” 

Many chemo units provide snacks and drinks to consume during treatment. If you want something specific, bring it with you - but be careful when bringing in strong-smelling foods, as chemo can cause people to become nauseous from strong smells, so you may affect those around you. 

Also, remember to bring something to keep your mind occupied. This could be a friend, but also have a look at “How to pass the time during chemo” for a list of other ways to pass the time. 

  • Read the PDF online, or print for quick reference. 

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