Cancer Survivor Lifestyle Recommendations
As a cancer survivor it is really important to maintain healthy lifestyle in order to improve quality of life, reduce disease and treatment side-effects, and decrease risk for reoccurrence of cancer.
Eat a generally healthy, predominantly whole food diet, high in vegetables, fruits, whole grains and legumes and low in saturated fats is recommended.
Limit alcohol intake. For women, recommendations are to limit intake of alcoholic beverages to less than seven units per week (or one drink per day).
Engage in regular physical activity, and return to regular activities as soon as possible after treatment is complete. Aim for at least 150 minutes of moderate or 75 minutes of vigorous aerobic exercise per week (including strength training at least two days per week if you were treated with chemotherapy or hormone therapy). If you have physical limitations that keep you from being active, please discuss this with your primary care provider.
Maintain a healthy weight. Lifestyle changes to promote weight loss are recommended if you are overweight.
Avoiding smoking. Referral to resources to help you quit can be provided. Washington State also provides services to help you quit, please call 1-800-QUIT-NOW (or go to www.doh.wa.gov/youandyourfamily/tobacco/howtoquit) for more information.
Stay safe in the sun and use common sense sun precautions to avoid sunburns.
Preventing unnecessary illness is especially important now that you have completed treatment. Be sure to stay up to date with recommended immunizations, and get an annual flu shot.
If you have not yet thought about completing your Advanced Directives, now (when you’re well) is a good time to do it (and to talk about your priorities for care with your health care advocates)!