There will definitely be changes in your life after being diagnosed with cancer. Below you'll find some things that have helped other people in your situation and may help you, too. Remember, you know what may work best for you. These suggestions may also help you stay motivated in your fight.
If you're still smoking, please try to quit. There's no question that it's hard to do. There are many free programs to help you quit smoking. A great resource to help you quit is the American Cancer Society's Guide to Quitting Smoking. For other suggestions, call them at 1-800-227-2345
Taking care of yourself is always a good idea. Reduce or eliminate your alcohol intake
If you're heavier than you'd like to be, speak with a nutritionist to create a well-balanced diet to help you be the correct weight for your body
Any exercise, even going for a walk, can help you feel better, stronger, happier, less tired, and lower any anxiety. Begin slowly with an activity you enjoy, whether it's swimming, dancing, biking, or yoga. Of course, always talk to your doctor before starting any exercise program
You should expect to be tired during treatment. Be kind to yourself and rest or nap when you need to
If you're feeling nauseous, eating smaller meals every few hours may be helpful. If you're not feeling hungry, these mini-meals can help you keep your strength up
Good support groups can make a difference. When you're feeling overwhelmed, it's good to know that there are other people going through what you are. These helpful groups may even be as close as the hospital or clinic where you're being treated. There are online support groups available, too
If you were assigned a caseworker, or nurse navigator, take advantage of their knowledge. They're trained to help you before, during and after your cancer treatments. Your navigator may have some good ideas to help you manage the challenges you could be facing
You are the expert on you and your body. Be open and honest with your healthcare team about how you're doing. The more upfront you are, the better armed your team is
Many cancer organizations have a wealth of resources online that you can take advantage of if you look for them.
Your healthcare team may have more good suggestions.
Doctors' opinions vary on non-traditional therapies. They may provide relief from pain and symptoms such as anxiety, stress, insomnia, and nausea. These include therapies like yoga, hypnosis, massage, acupuncture, and medical marijuana. Speak with your healthcare team if you're interested in learning more about these types of treatments.