Cancer and the holidays: Tips for reducing the stress of the season

December 22, 2015 | by City of Hope



Cancer is never easy, but during the holidays, it can be downright overwhelming. Here are some resources that can make the holidays a little easier for cancer patients – and their loved ones.

Feeling overloaded? Simple ways to reduce the holiday stress, whether you’re the patient or caretaker. 

4 ways to reduce holiday stress

5 tips to making the holidays a little easier

Traveling to visit loved ones? Protect your health, and enjoy the trip.  

Traveling with cancer: 7 tips to maximize safety, and fun


Doing last-minute gift shopping for a child or teen with cancer? Here are a few ideas, and a list of gifts to avoid. 

Find gift ideas for kids and teens in the hospital here and here

A few “do’s” and “don’ts” for gift-giving to sick kids and teens


Looking for healthier holiday meals? Try these (healthy) recipes, along with food safety tips.

Healthy recipes and recipe substitutions your family and friends will love

Safety tips for holiday food shopping and preparation

Where Can You Get More Information?

The Sheri & Les Biller Patient and Family Resource Center at the main City of Hope campus offers resources for information, education and support for patients experiencing distress related to their cancer journey. The center is located near the entrance to the Main Medical building and is reachable by phone at 626-218-2273.

Visit our Living with Cancer site for additional tools, tips and resources to help you and your family cope with the issues that arise during and after cancer treatment.


If you are looking for a second opinion about your diagnosis or consultation about your treatment, request an appointment online or contact us at 800-826-HOPE. Please visit Making Your First Appointment for more information.

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