Treatment
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Going in to your first chemo will inevitably be challenging to say the least. There’s a lot to think about, so we thought a list of things to take with you might be helpful, or at least one less thing to think about.

First and foremost, if you are in America, don’t forget your Cap Kit. It will have everything you need for scalp cooling, including your cold cap itself.

It could be a long day and you inevitably will be very tired by the time you get home, so it is wise to wear comfortable clothes and shoes.

If you have a port or central line fitted it is wise to wear a v-neck or button/zip up top so that it is easy to access. Take layers – at risk of stating the obvious, you may be cold, so take clothes that you can add on top if you need them

Take a hat or a hoody. Remember your hair will be damp once the cap comes off, so it is sensible to have something to cover your head for your way home.

Something that works as a distraction is a good idea, whether it is a book or magazine, music, a film or series on your phone or tablet (don’t forget the headphones), or a friend or family member to chat to you. It will help make the first tough 15 mins a little easier. A tablet or phone will also come in handy if you want to re-watch the cap tutorial videos.

Your favorite snacks or drinks are a good idea. If you are there for the full day, you may find your own food more appealing than the food the hospital can provide – a little something that you enjoy is always a good idea. You will be encouraged to drink lots, so it might as well be something that you enjoy. A warm drink will also help to make you feel less cold.

Finally, if not just for warmth but for comfort, some people like to bring their own blanket or throw from home and maybe a neck pillow too.

If you are in America – don’t forget your Cap Kit. 

If you have a port or central line fitted it is wise to wear a v-neck or button/zip up top so that it is easy to access. 

Take a hat or a hoody for the way home, your hair will be damp once the cap comes off,

Something that works as a distraction is a good idea, whether it is a book or magazine, music, a film or box set on your phone or tablet.

Your favourite snacks or drinks are a good idea. If you are there for the full day you may find your own food more appealing.

Bring your own blanket or throw from home, not just for warmth but for comfort also.

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