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8 Lifestyle Changes for Cancer Survivors

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Author: Express Specialty Pharmacy
Date: July 1st, 2020

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  1. Exercise: Early studies have suggested that exercising may reduce the risk of a cancer recurrence and reduce the risk of dying of cancer.
  2. Eat a balanced diet: Eat at least 2.5 cups of fruit and vegetables every day, choose healthy fats, including omega-3 fatty acids (found in fish and walnut), select proteins that are low in saturated fat (such as fish, lean meats, eggs, nuts seed, and legumes), opt for healthy sources of carbohydrates (such as whole grains, beans, and fruits and vegetables.)
  3. Maintain a healthy weight: There’s a chance of weight gain or loss during treatment. Get your weight to a healthy level, talk to your doctor or pharmacist about what a healthy weight is for you, and what are the best ways to go about achieving that goal.
  4. Get a goodnight sleep: If you feel excessively sleepy during the day, talk to your doctor. You may have a sleep disorder or a problem caused by the side effects of your cancer or its treatment. Some of the ways you can get a better night of sleep are:
    • Avoid Caffeine for at least 8 hours before bedtime.
    • Stick to a regular sleep schedule.
    • Avoid computer or television screens from 1 to 2 hours before bedtime.
    • Exercise no later than 2 to 3 hours before going to bed.
    • Keep your bedroom quiet and dim.
  5. Reduce stress: Ways to reduce stress:
    • Meditation techniques, such as mindfulness training.
    • Counseling.
    • Cancer support groups.
    • Medications for depression or anxiety.
    • Exercise.
    • Interacting with friends.
    • Stay in touch with your healthcare team.
    • Learn how to cope with complicated feelings. Recurrence of depression and fear can cause new physical problems such as sleeplessness, headaches, and stomach issues.
  6. Avoid Tobacco and limit the amount of alcohol you drink: Quit smoking and avoid secondhand smoke. Stopping tobacco can improve your recovery and overall health.
  7. Protect your skin from the sun: Use a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 every day. Wear sun-protective clothing and broad-brimmed hats. Be extra cautious if you take medication that may make you more sensitive to the sun.
  8. Get screening tests and go to your regular check-ups: It is essential to go to your regular post-treatment check-ups with your primary care doctor and oncology team. Finally, talk to your doctor about tests that screen for:
      Breast cancer.
    • Colon cancer.
    • Cervical Cancer.
    • Lung cancer (if it’s a history of smoking).
    • Hepatitis C (if born 1945-65).
    • High blood sugar.
    • High blood pressure.
    • Unhealthy blood cholesterol.

Remember: Always contact your doctor or pharmacist for any questions or concerns.