Coping and support
Having cancer and dealing with treatment can take a lot of time and energy, but it can also be a time to look at your life in new ways. Maybe you are thinking about how to improve your health over the long term.
- Make healthier choices - For many people, having had cancer helps them focus on their health in ways they may not have thought much about in the past. Are there things you could do that might make you healthier? Maybe you could try to eat better or get more exercise. Maybe you could cut down on alcohol, or give up tobacco. Even things like keeping your stress level under control may help. Now is a good time to think about making changes that can have healthy effects for the rest of your life.
- Eating better - Eating right is hard for many people, but it can be even harder during and after cancer treatment. One of the best things you can do after treatment is to start healthy eating habits. You may be surprised at the long-term benefits of some simple changes. Getting to and staying at a healthy weight, eating a healthy diet, and limiting your alcohol intake may lower your risk for many types of cancer, as well as having many other health benefits.
- Rest, fatigue, and exercise -Feeling tired (fatigue) is a very common problem during and after cancer treatment. This is not a normal type of tiredness but a bone-weary exhaustion that often doesn’t get better with rest. For some people, fatigue lasts a long time after treatment and can keep them from staying active. But exercise can actually help reduce fatigue and the sense of depression that sometimes comes with feeling so tired.
Exercise can improve your physical and emotional health.
- It improves your heart fitness.
- Along with a good diet, it helps you get to and stay at a healthy weight.
- It makes your muscles stronger.
- It reduces fatigue.
- It lowers anxiety and depression.
- It can make you feel happier.
- It can help you feel better about yourself.
Long term, we know that getting regular physical activity can help lower the risk of some cancers, as well as having other health benefits.