Great Non-Pink Gift Ideas for Breast Cancer Patients

by ologsinquito

Some breast cancer patients are offended at pink ribbon products, because they believe the focus should be on finding a cure.

Breast cancer now strikes an estimated 396,000 women a year in the United States alone, according to the website

A large number products, decorated with pink ribbons, are being marketed to these women and to their loved ones. Associating the color pink with breast cancer is designed to raise awareness of this disease that has taken far too many lives.

However, many people are offended at the thought that all this pink hasn't brought us closer to a cure. Breast cancer is still a leading killer of women.

Most gifts designed specifically for breast cancer patients are either pink or they display a pink ribbon, the international symbol of this disease. But not everybody likes pink.

So here are some alternative non-pink gifts for breast cancer patients.

Flickr photo by Justin Ried

It's Hard to Find the Right Greeting Cards

The cards in the stores that say "Get Well Soon" are not really appropriate, since someone who is newly diagnosed has the fight of her life ahead of her. If she follows the mainstream medical protocol, she most likely faces surgery, followed by months of chemotherapy and/or radiation. She may not feel better for a very long time.

Also, if her prognosis is poor, these types of cards probably shouldn't be sent.

But the card pictured below is designed specifically for someone with cancer, so you can tell them how much you love them. Plus there's no sign of a pink ribbon.

Greeting Card to Show Your Love

Click on the card if you wish to purchase it

Alternative to a Pink Ribbon T-Shirt

This inspirational t-shirt that spells out all the things that cancer can't do. It's become very difficult to find any sort of cancer-related t-shirt that doesn't include a ribbon, because all of the different types of cancer now seem to have their own colored ribbon. There is teal for ovarian cancer, dark red for multiple myeloma, green for lymphoma, orange for uterine cancer, and so on.

The t-shirt shown below shows an angel surrounding by sayings of how limited cancer can be. For instance, it cannot conquer the spirit, it cannot squelch hope and it cannot corrode faith, friendship or courage. Cancer also cannot reach the soul.


Cancer Angel T-Shirt

Click on the t-shirt if you wish to purchase it

Cancer Angel Pillow

Click on the pillow if you wish to purchase it

Green Tea Has Cancer-Fighting Compounds

Green tea contains potent anti-cancer compounds. Alternative medical practitioners are well aware of this, but it's something the mainstream medical community knows as well. Although many cancer patients in treatment may be told not to take supplements while undergoing chemotherapy or radiation, many oncologists will give the green light for patients to take natural anti-cancer compounds once their medical treatments have ended.

Organic green tea is preferable to conventionally grown tea because it most likely contains higher levels of cancer-fighting substances. This also avoids the possibility that it has been irradiated, sprayed with pesticides or is possibly contaminated with heavy metals.

If you love someone with cancer, please encourage them to adopt an organic diet. 



Gift the Gift of Information on How to Fight Cancer

Many survivors have turned their health around with alternative cancer treatments. Although oncologists will say these are "unproven," there are numerous people who've beaten a terminal diagnosis. They are living proof of some non-traditional treatments, many of which have a long track record of success.

Cancer crusader Tanya Harter Pierce, MA, MFCC has compiled a book in which she describes non-toxic treatments noted for their ability to restore health. In Outsmart Your Cancer, she explains how to adopt a healthy lifestyle that discourages cancer growth and devotes a number of chapters to Protocel, a treatment developed in the early part of the 20th century by a chemist named James Sheridan. Many people have since put testimonials on the Internet about Protocel.


These statements have not been approved by the FDA. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. This article is not intended as medical advice and the author is not responsible for treatment decisions. People with health concerns should discuss them with a licensed practitioner.

Updated: 08/01/2016, ologsinquito
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ologsinquito on 11/15/2013

This is so sad. I don't quite understand the reluctance to try something that has helped other people, especially when it's clear that mainstream medicine isn't going to help. I'm so sorry about your sister. I remember reading about her.

AbbyFitz on 11/15/2013

I wish more people would consider alternative treatments for cancer, especially when nothing else was working. My sister wouldn't consider it.

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