Why You Shouldn’t Buy Flowers For Breast Cancer Patients – Source: Cancer Care Parcel:
As a universal means of communication, offering flowers for chemotherapy patients might seem like a good idea. However it is not. As a general rule, and reflected by many hospital policies, flowers in a cancer patient room or home is a bad idea.
Why? Depressed Immune System
Our immune system is a complex and delicate system that relies on many different types of immune cells and their extraordinary ability to recognize and fight threats. These threats can be external such as a bacteria or a virus (or pollens and fungal spores carried by flowers) or internal like a cancer cell itself. Many tumors have found ways to counteract the immune system to stay undetected and this might lead to a weakened immune response.
Alternative Gifts for Cancer Patients
Some patients can also see a bunch of fresh cut flowers that are slowly losing their shape and scent as a reminder of how fragile life is. Not really the best way to communicate good wishes and positive vibes! Fortunately, alternatives now exist as more and more people are aware of the importance of supporting a loved one affected by this terrible disease. You can always consider hand-made paper,silk faux flowers as a good substitute.
Any gesture that shows that you have paid attention to your loved one new and changing needs will show your love and support better than any flowers can.
Around the Clock Gifts® offers thoughtful care packages and inspirational plaques to help lift her spirits and let her know she is not alone in this fight! A portion of all sales are donated to breast cancer research and early detection.