Managing side effects
It will take time to recover from the physical and emotional changes caused by treatment for testicular cancer. Side effects may last from a few weeks to a few months or, in some cases, years or permanently.
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For ways to reduce or manage side effects, talk to your treatment team and see the suggestions in this section.
Ways to look after your health after treatment
Many people live a long time after treatment for testicular cancer. Finding ways to look after yourself can improve your quality of life and reduce the risk of developing more serious long-term side effects.
Regular exercise can help improve mood, heart health, energy levels and muscle strength. Whatever your age or fitness level, a physiotherapist or exercise physiologist can develop an exercise program to meet your needs. Ask your doctor for a referral.
Exercise after a cancer diagnosis includes examples of different aerobic, strength-training and flexibility exercises.
To reduce the risk of weight gain and high cholesterol, aim to eat a balanced diet with a variety of fruit, vegetables, wholegrains and protein-rich foods. It may help to see a dietitian for advice.
If you have ongoing side effects after cancer treatment, talk to your GP about developing a chronic disease management plan to help you manage the condition. This means you may be eligible for a Medicare rebate for up to 5 visits each calendar year to allied health professionals.
For more on this, see Living well after cancer.
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Dr Benjamin Thomas, Urological Surgeon, The Royal Melbourne Hospital and The University of Melbourne, VIC; A/Prof Ben Tran, Genitourinary Medical Oncologist, Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research and The University of Melbourne, VIC; Dr Nari Ahmadi, Urologist and Urological Cancer Surgeon, Chris O’Brien Lifehouse, NSW; Helen Anderson, Genitourinary Cancer Nurse Navigator, Gold Coast University Hospital, QLD; Anita Cox, Youth Cancer – Cancer Nurse Coordinator, Gold Coast University Hospital, QLD; Dr Tom Ferguson, Medical Oncologist, Fiona Stanley Hospital, WA; Dr Leily Gholam Rezaei, Radiation Oncologist, Chris O’Brien Lifehouse and Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, NSW; Dheeraj Jain, Consumer; Amanda Maple, 13 11 20 Consultant, Cancer Council SA; Jessica Medd, Senior Clinical Psychologist, Department of Urology, Concord Repatriation General Hospital and Headway Health, NSW.
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