Bringing Flowers for Cancer Patients Makes a Difference

Posted on April 21, 2011

If you’ve ever visited loved ones in the hospital, you know how much their faces light up when they receive gifts or flowers. Diseases like cancer are especially traumatizing experiences, so bringing flowers for cancer patients can be an especially meaningful gesture. Begonias make excellent flowers for cancer patients.

Why Flowers for Cancer Patients Are More Than Just Pretty

Flowers aren’t just nice gestures - did you know that flowers can actually produce a measurable increase in positive mood? A recent Rutgers University psychological study found that recipients of flowers consistently produce a genuine smile, or “Duchenne” (using the mouth, cheeks AND eyes). In contrast, recipients of gifts like candles or fruit baskets smiled significantly less. Flowers also keep people happier for longer…3 days later, flower recipients were feeling happier than recipients of other gifts in the study! There’s real healing power behind a bouquet of flowers, because positive outlooks can help speed recovery by decreasing stress, anxiety, and depression. Flowers for cancer patients can offer temporary relief from the pain of especially aggressive diseases like mesothelioma, without being either intrusive or invasive.

How to Choose Flowers for Cancer Patients

The best flowers for cancer patients will have minimal pollen or contaminants. Begonias and hydrangeas are bright, colorful, and mostly pollen free. Garden roses or small Banksia roses also are also pollen-free. More allergy-friendly flowers: irises, azealeas, pansies, tulips, snapdragons, hyacinths, and daffodils. Avoid bringing overly pungent flowers or flowers that produce allergenic pollen. Goldenrods are part of the daisy-ragweed family, and are especially likely to cause an allergic reaction. Some more flowers to avoid: daisies, gerbera, chrysanthemums, asters, dahlias, and sunflowers. Avoid gifting cancer patients at New York City hospitals flowers that are wild-cut, as they could contain pesticides, bugs, or other contaminants that could be harmful to patients with suppressed immune systems. We at Big Apple Florist are pleased to work with the Mesothelioma Community Resource Network, a compilation of resources dedicated to increasing the mesothelioma survival rate.

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