What should I wear for chemotherapy? The best comfortable and practical options

Chemotherapy can be a challenging time, and comfort is key when it comes to clothing. Not only will you be sitting in a chair for several hours during each treatment, but you may also experience changes in body temperature and sensitivity to fabrics. In this blog post, we'll share some of the best clothing options for chemotherapy patients that are both comfortable and practical.

Women showing functionality of a port accessible shirt with snaps that open one shoulder

  1. Loose-Fitting Tops: Choose loose-fitting tops made from soft, breathable fabrics like cotton or bamboo. These fabrics are gentle on the skin and will help regulate your body temperature. Look for tops with buttons or zippers to make it easy to get on and off. Our long-sleeved, modern, port-accessible shirt will be the perfect go-to top for treatment. Designed for chemotherapy patients, it's breathable, comfortable and makes accessing a port simple. Stay tuned for the launch! 

    Woman wearing oversized cotton cardigan from Everlane
  2. Cardigans and Jackets: A cardigan or jacket can be a great layering piece during chemotherapy. Choose one made from a lightweight, soft material, so it doesn't feel too heavy or restrictive. It's also a good idea to choose a cardigan or jacket with pockets to hold your phone, tissues, or other small items. We love this oversized, organic cotton cardigan from Everlane

  3. Comfortable Pants: Choose pants that are soft and stretchy, like leggings or yoga pants. These types of pants will be comfortable during treatment and will allow you to move freely. Avoid tight-fitting pants with zippers or buttons, which can be uncomfortable during long periods of sitting. We are partial to Girlfriend leggings - they're sustainably made, great quality and so comfortable! The compression leggings are great if you're looking for a snug fit while their FLOAT leggings are perfect if you want something lightweight and super stretchy. 

  4. Head Coverings: Many chemotherapy patients experience hair loss, so head coverings are an essential part of chemotherapy clothing. You can choose from a variety of options, including hats, scarves, and wigs. Look for head coverings made from soft, breathable fabrics like cotton or bamboo to avoid irritation to the scalp. Madewell has a fun selection of organic cotton bandanas in interesting patterns that are light and breathable. I found using a scarf pad underneath most comfortable.  

  5. Slip-On Shoes: Choose shoes that are easy to slip on and off, so you don't have to bend down to tie or buckle them. Slip-on shoes like sneakers, flats, or sandals are a good choice. Avoid shoes with high heels or that are too tight, which can be uncomfortable during long periods of sitting. Birdies make cute, comfortable options that prioritize great design and comfort! We love options that combine function with style! 

  6. Bras: A comfortable, supportive bra is essential during chemotherapy. Choose a soft, wireless bra with adjustable straps for the most comfortable fit. Avoid bras with underwire, which can be uncomfortable and irritate the skin.

Chemotherapy can be a challenging time, but with the right clothing, you can feel more comfortable and at ease during treatment. Choose soft, breathable fabrics that are easy to put on and take off and avoid anything too tight or restrictive. With these tips, you'll be ready to face chemotherapy with comfort and confidence.

Comment below with your go-to garments for treatment! 

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