March is National Nutrition Month, an opportunity for friends and family to talk about the importance of healthy eating and active lifestyles. For people facing cancer, these are critical issues, because cancer treatment can be extremely taxing and, in some cases, debilitating. As daunting as a cancer diagnosis is, it does open the door to change your lifestyle today and reduce your risk of cancer in the future.
Good nutrition, exercise and other healthy behaviors can help the body heal from the physical and emotional aftereffects of cancer. Every person that is facing the disease, every survivor and everyone that is susceptible to it should prioritize healthy living as part of their personal care plan.
The LIVESTRONG Care Plan provides nutritional recommendations, physical activities, stress reduction and medical care for cancer survivors that can be customized and developed with assistance from personal health care team members. If you want to get advice about how to make nutrition and physical activity a priority in your own personal care plan, or just your life in general, contact the LIVESTRONG Foundation’s Cancer Navigation Services team, which provides free, confidential and one-on-one support to anyone affected by cancer. Our cancer navigators can assist those in need by providing information on nutrition during and after treatment. We also partner with organizations that provide cooking classes and post-treatment wellness information for cancer survivors. Contact our team for more information about these programs.
An important step in this process is setting priorities. Of course, priorities can change over time, and the professionals on our Navigation Services team can help you understand why they change and how you can establish new ones to stay on track to improving your quality of life.
Adopting healthy behaviors while battling a cancer diagnosis ensures you are doing as much as you can to improve how well you heal and how you feel on a daily basis. Cancer doesn’t need to take control of your life. You have the opportunity to take control of your situation, and nutrition and exercise are two ways to do just that.