Posted in: Cancer by Dr. Tarang Krishna
Our lifestyle can have fervent effects on our wellness and health. Developing healthy habits and lifestyle can support cancer treatments and improve your long-term health, coping with any side effects. It can also decrease the chances of cancer recurrence. There are many ways to improve your health and Cancer Healer Center sheds light on some important areas:
Nutrition - Cancer patients and survivors often ask questions about the food choices and dietary supplements. They want to know if proper nutrition can help them live longer or feel better. However, what you should eat varies by cancer stage and type and the kind of cancer treatment you are taking. Your food guidelines during and after the treatment depends on many factors. The cancer doctors in India state that no single food or diet can prevent/cure cancer but certain diet and activity will support your health. Hence, a healthy diet can help you manage the cancer side effects, recover quickly, and improve health. It may also lower the risk of cancer. Some benefits of good nutrition are:
-A well-supported immune system
-Better quality of life
-The ability to tolerate your full treatment
-Preservation of lean body mass
Physical activity - Oncologists suggest that staying active during cancer treatment can have a positive effect on treatment. Exercising can improve quality of life, flexibility, muscle strength, and mental outlook. Here are a few activities you can consider:
-Endurance activities: Walking, swimming, hiking, dancing
-Stretching activities: Yoga
-Strengthening activities: Weight lifting, Resistance Bands
The cancer treatment centers have identified the benefits of a program of regular physical activity which not only help you recover from the treatment but will also improve the fitness.
Be sure to ask the advice of your doctor and cancer care team before starting an exercise program.
Emotional well-being - Cancer is an experience full of different emotions, making it important to take care of all parts of your health - both body and mind. Emotional support is important alongside medical support. Studies have compared that people with cancer who had more social support had better quality of life and lived longer. Your support system can help you address:
-Cancer-related anxiety, depression and side effects
-Cancer’s impact on relationships
-Fatigue and difficulty in sleeping
-The range and intensity of emotional reactions to cancer diagnosis, treatment and survivorship.
Managing stress and relaxation: Many cancer care centers have reported that integrative therapies have helped make them feel better physically and emotionally. Therapies, such as massage, healing touch and acupuncture complement cancer treatment. Some benefits are:
-Relaxation and balance during stressful times
-Experience a sense of control
-Experience relief from pain, nausea and anxiety
-Focus on positive outcomes
Lifestyle changes play a vital role in living a quality life during and after cancer. Such changes majorly include reducing weight, eating healthy, managing stress, and avoiding environmental toxins. Cancer patients should be informed about the role of lifestyle changes in the prevention of cancer and their role in the survival.