After Your Cancer Treatment – life after cancer

Surviving a diagnosis of cancer can change the way you look at life.

Some cancer survivors alter their lifestyle quite dramatically and others return to their normal, regular routines. Whichever path you choose, eating well and being active can help you feel better, have more energy and help reduce the risk of cancer returning.

Studies on people who have survived cancer are limited compared to studies into preventing cancer. The evidence varies for different cancers but research does suggest that a healthy lifestyle can actually stop or slow the development of many cancers (in combination with conventional treatment). Whilst more research needs to be done , the same dietary changes recommended for cancer prevention may also help reduce the risk of cancer recurring or secondary cancer.

Recurrence is when the cancer comes back in the same part of the body. Secondary cancer is when the cancer spreads to another part of the body.

Unfortunately there is no guarantee that cancer will not return. Healthy habits that include eating more vegetables, fruits, wholegrain breads and cereals, together with regular physical activity, may help to lower the chances of some cancers returning. Eating well and keeping active may also help protect against heart disease and diabetes.