Balm Box makes self-care sets for you or your loved one’s specific cancer type. After surviving four types of cancer in eight years (melanoma and basal cell skin cancer, thyroid cancer and breast cancer), founder Liz Benditt wanted to offer people with cancer nontraditional care options. The Finest Radiation Care Package ($79.99, pictured at the top of this article) features holistic products to soothe skin from radiation burns or itchiness. It includes a botanical burn balm, calendula soap, a no-sweat ice pack, a seat belt barrier (to protect breast cancer patients’ torsos), lip balm and a lighthearted Cancer Card to be whipped out like a credit card and used to get out of activities. Other care boxes include Sweetest Rest & Recovery Box, The Optimal Chemo Care Box and The Best Mastectomy Prep Package ($49.99 each). Take the Balm Box Finder quiz to find the perfect care box for your needs!
For many people, cancer is easier to navigate with a grasp of the science and biology behind a diagnosis and treatment. The Song of the Cell: An Exploration of Medicine and the New Human is the latest book by Siddhartha Mukherjee, an oncologist who won a Pulitzer Prize for The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer (which was made into a PBS documentary that’s available for streaming). In everyday language, Song of the Cell explores treatments based on manipulating cells, such as immunotherapies.
Care+Wear’s innovative and stylish garments are designed for women, men and children undergoing chemotherapy, infusion or other treatments and are available in various sizes, colors and bundles ($50 to $174). The Women’s Chest Port Access Support Bundle With Blouse ($174) includes a warm hoodie, top and blouse all featuring chest port access to avoid having to disrobe during treatment. And an array of PICC Line Covers and Sleeves ($25 to $32) help protect catheters. The clothing line donates up to 10% of its profits to leading cancer institutions. What’s more, health care workers can now shop Care+Wear for scrubs, caps, jackets and more.
Jill Meyer-Lippert, RHD, began her dental career in 1992, the year her mom was diagnosed with breast cancer. After witnessing how chemo impaired her mother’s oral health, Meyer-Lippert founded Side Effect Support to help cancer survivors manage oral discomfort and maintain oral health. Side Effect Support provides adults and children with lip care, mouth rinses, toothpaste, toothbrushes, xylitol gum, mints and more. Oral Care Kits ($12 to $26) offer a sampling of products to relieve dry mouth symptoms without harming teeth or tender tissues.