Road To Recovery

The fight with cancer is not just a battle of the body, but of the mind as well. After undergoing cancer treatment, you may need time to regain and rebuild your physical and emotional health. You may experience some side effects of treatment that can persist long after you have completed treatment. It is very important to maintain a healthy lifestyle after treatment.

This will not only help your body recover after treatment, but can also help with fatigue, pain and emotional well-being. Here are some positive changes you can make to your lifestyle to support your recovery:

Stay active and do gentle exercise

Many survivors find that staying active can help deal with anxiety, stress, and self-image issues. Exercise may help you feel stronger, more relaxed, and give you a new sense of purpose. You can start by going on short walks, and slowly building up your strength to do other activities such as running, cycling or swimming. Prior to starting a new exercise regimen, it is important to have a discussion with your doctor and clinical team about the type and frequency of exercise that you can safely do after treatment.

Maintain a healthy diet

A healthy diet can help you recover after treatment and give you more energy. Some cancer treatments can cause you to gain or lose weight, or affect the way you eat. It is important to meet with a nutritionist and your clinical team. They can give you advice about following a balanced diet and keeping to a healthy weight.

Avoid smoking

Smoking increases your risk of developing new cancers and other chronic conditions such as heart disease and stroke. Smoking can also make certain side effects of treatment (such as bowel problems) worse.

Avoid alcohol

Alcohol is linked with an increased risk of certain types of cancers, and can also lead to weight gain. It is advisable to avoid alcohol consumption while you are recovering from cancer treatment.

Try to reduce stress

Recovery takes time, and it is important to ask for help and support when you need it. Have an open discussion with the people around you about lowering your stress levels. It can also help to pursue activities you enjoy, such as meditation, reading, art, music, or spending time with family and friends.

Express your feelings

Remember that you are not alone. Talk to your family members, friends or clinical team about your emotions and find ways to cope with them. You may also find it helpful and encouraging to talk to other survivors who have been through the same difficult journey.

Self-Image and Cancer

While cancer does affect the physical, mental, and emotional aspects of your life, the priority should be to focus on maintaining the optimal quality of your life and focus on living well. Often cancer patients deal with self-image and self-esteem issues, due to the possible changes in physical appearance during their cancer journey. Starting a holistic physical care regimen can enable you to effectively deal with physical appearance issues, empowering you to live a better life after cancer. You can refer to this section to learn more about the self-image changes you may have to deal with after cancer treatment and how to cope with them. Read more

Sexuality and fertility

Survivors may often hesitate to talk to their partners, caregivers, physicians, or their cancer care team about the questions and concerns they have about the effects of the treatment on their sexuality and fertility. Feelings of unease or discomfort are common while talking about these issues and many people find it hard to candidly discuss what they are going through with even their partners. It is important to address these issues, talk to your partner and trusted physician about them, and learn the best way to cope. In this section we have more information on the effects of cancer and its treatment on your sexual wellbeing and fertility and offer guidance on having a frank and fulfilling discussion about these issues. Read more

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