Caring for Yourself after Cancer Treatment

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Cancer survivors may find it challenging to maintain good health habits on their own – without a team of doctors and specialists monitoring their health from day to day.

Exercise

Talk to your doctor before starting an exercise regimen, and know that it’s best to start slowly. Getting back into an exercise routine (or starting one) can be very beneficial for survivors.  To be sure that you are exercising safely, it’s a good idea to speak with a fitness professional who has experience training cancer survivors.

Exercise boosts moods and lowers anxiety and fatigue. It can help the immune system and build strength. A well designed exercise program will help to keep the heart and lungs healthy, control weight, keep blood pressure in check and help to strengthen bones. The American Cancer Society recommends at least 30 minutes of exercise, five days a week for cancer survivors. If this seems overwhelming, start out at your own pace and gradually increase in duration and time.  You’ll be glad you did!

Eat a healthy diet

If cancer treatments have altered your sense of taste, you may be eager to regain your appetite. Make sure to eat five or more servings of vegetables per day, and choose healthy fats and lean proteins. If you lost weight during treatment, work with your doctor to plan a way to slowly and healthfully gain back the pounds.

Quit smoking

Smoking and chewing tobacco increase your risk of many kinds of cancer. Quitting helps reduce your risk of cancer returning. Your doctor can help you devise a plan to kick the habit for good.

Continue to seek support

Cancer survivors often experience feelings of depression when they lose some of the support they had while going through treatment.  Be sure to reach out to friends and family for social support.  At Saint Anne’s Hospital, we offer a range of support groups for cancer survivors and their families, including general support, specialized support for patients with head and neck cancer, groups for parents living with cancer, and groups for children whose parents or caregivers have cancer.

Returning to Health

As a cancer survivor, not only is it exciting to return to good health, but also to look toward the future. By following a healthy diet and exercise plan, and strengthening your support network, you can help improve your long-term health and enjoy what life has to offer.

To find a doctor or schedule an appointment visit Steward DoctorFinder™ or call 1-800-488-5959.

To find a doctor or schedule an appointment, visit Steward DoctorFinder™.