This is a bit further down the line but, when I had a cancer, my sister in law ,and another friend, remembered each time that i started another round of chemo and they both sent or card or a small gift each time. That really helped me. As for now, anything is welcome. It's just nice to know people care. I'm a bit of a chocoholic and one friend sent a big Cadburys gift box. Perfect!
I think it is a lovely idea. I was diagnosed with breast cancer in September last year. At the time of diagnosis my children were 7 and 3. My friends sent me flowers, cards and one friend gave me a friendship bangle before I started chemo. They also made an effort to help me out with the children and to come round and make me a cuppa of tea and just generally give me an ear to bend! I hope your friend makes a speedy recovery.