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I have a friend who was just recently diagnosed with cancer. What would be something nice to give her?

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Dr. Mitchell Kamrava
Radiation Oncology
4 doctors agree

In brief: Kindle

Depending on the type of cancer that she has she may be spending a lot of time at doctor's offices.
She may really appreciate having something like a kindle to pass the time because she may be waiting a long time in waiting rooms and exam rooms.

In brief: Kindle

Depending on the type of cancer that she has she may be spending a lot of time at doctor's offices.
She may really appreciate having something like a kindle to pass the time because she may be waiting a long time in waiting rooms and exam rooms.
Dr. Mitchell Kamrava
Dr. Mitchell Kamrava
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Dr. Michael Thompson
Kindle, book, laptop, etc. All good. However, I think people with cancer most value time and individualized help -- driving when the need help and just "being there" -- even if you aren't talking. That can be difficult, but presence is often valued more than objects or even words...
Dr. Merry Jennifer Markham
Offering to run errands for your friend, vacuum his/her house, or arrange to have a meal delivered are great ways to help out.
Dr. Ed Kaplan
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology
3 doctors agree

In brief: Your Time

Offer yourself. Shopping, cooking, running errands are all time-consuming chores that can become burdensome to someone going throughout chemotherapy.
Offer to drive them places or just to be with them during treatments or when having tests can be invaluable.

In brief: Your Time

Offer yourself. Shopping, cooking, running errands are all time-consuming chores that can become burdensome to someone going throughout chemotherapy.
Offer to drive them places or just to be with them during treatments or when having tests can be invaluable.
Dr. Ed Kaplan
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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology

In brief: Yourself

You are the best gift.
Your time. A kind word. Help getting to appointments. Be there when she gets out of surgery. Nobody really wants anything else except human warmth and help with basic needs.

In brief: Yourself

You are the best gift.
Your time. A kind word. Help getting to appointments. Be there when she gets out of surgery. Nobody really wants anything else except human warmth and help with basic needs.
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Dr. Ed Friedlander
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