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4 Changes To Consider After Cancer Diagnosis

Cancer cell and T cell, illustration. PHOTO:Getty Images

Cancer is not the end of the world, however, when you are diagnosed, there are some lifestyle changes that are important. This is meant to make you better and stronger. Below are some of the things that should change.



Exercise is as important as the medications that you will be given. It is important to keep exercising during and after a cancer diagnosis. Exercising helps to reduce fatigue, loss of strength and adding weight. Try to avoid sitting and lying down for long periods of time.

Eat Well

A healthy balanced diet will help you manage the side effects of your treatment and will also improve your health and help you recover faster. It is advisable to eat vegetables and foods that are high in fibre like beans, peas, and lentils. Also, probiotic foods like raw garlic, raw or cooked onions, beans, and legumes.  Have smaller portions of food and avoid foods that are low in nutrients but high in calories.

Sleep Well

Getting 7-8 hours of sleep daily will improve your ability to cope with mood changes, and also help to control your weight. Getting enough sleep also helps with your memory and your coping ability.

Manage Your Stress Levels

Managing your stress levels will help you maintain your mental and physical health. Your mental wellbeing is very important after a cancer diagnosis as this will be a determining factor in how your treatment works your general health. Also, use different relaxation techniques like yoga and meditation. Dedicate some time in your day to this and watch your stress levels reduce, and you will be more relaxed and confident in yourself.

The medical information provided in this article is provided as an information resource only. This information does not create any patient-physician relationship and should not be used as a substitute for professional diagnosis and treatment.

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