It’s Snow Joke! Essential Winter Wear During Cancer Recovery

Cancer care doesn’t stop just because it’s winter. Oncology appointments, chemotherapy, and radiation demand that you head out the door despite the harsh cold. It is difficult to leave the house when it’s 10 degrees outside with a wind chill factor that makes it feel like it’s below zero!

Here’s our solution–layering.

The key to staying warm (and mobile) this winter is to avoid weighing down your body with heavy, bulky clothing. Opt for light, breathable layers with specific functions.

Start with a thin shirt made from wicking material. Wicking material keeps moisture away from your body to help you stay dry. It is also breathable. Originally designed for athletic wear, today many companies use wicking fabric in their clothes. Styles range from tee-shirts to button-downs and even dresses.

Other breathable fabrics include nylon, silk or polyester. While it is tempting to wear a beloved, cotton shirt— don’t!  Cotton soaks and captures moisture and will keep your skin wet.

Both will help insulate your body heat— keeping the warmth in and the cold out.

  • To top it off, the final layer should be waterproof and wind-resistant.

The outer layer is meant to protect your body from the harsh weather. This is particularly important because chemo and radiation can dry and irritate sensitive skin. A waterproof coat or jacket will keep your body from further exposure to skin damage.

  • Now for your legs and feet!

Even though sweatpants or jeans are tempting, alone they will not provide warmth. Wear them in combination with a pair of tights or thermal leggings. An all-in-one solution is fleece-lined pants which are insulating and retain heat.

Protect your feet with wool or wicking socks. Snow boots should be multi-taskers. Opt for ones that are waterproof, lined for warmth, durable, and feature a gripping sole.

Cap off your winter ensemble with a wool or cashmere beanie, wrap around a scarf and slip on your thermal-lined, waterproof gloves.

Now that you’re bundled up and protected, winter won’t have the last laugh on you!

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