When treatment is over, you may want to think about making changes to your lifestyle and find out more about healthy living. Perhaps you already followed a healthy lifestyle before your treatment, but you now want to be more focused on making the most of your health. There are things you can do to help your body recover. These can also help improve your sense of well-being and lower your risk of getting other illnesses and other cancers.
It’s important to have a nutritious and well-balanced diet with plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables, even if your appetite and interest in food have been reduced.
If you’re a smoker, it’s important to try to give up. Smoking can delay your recovery and puts you at greater risk of developing a second cancer.
Giving up smoking can be difficult but there is lots of support available.
Regular physical activity
This can be an important part of your recovery after treatment. It can help you to feel better in yourself and help to build up your energy levels. It also reduces the risk of heart disease, stroke and diabetes. Talk to your cancer specialist or GP before you start exercising. Start slowly and increase your activity over time.
You can read more about exercise and its benefits in our booklet about physical activity and cancer.
Complementary therapies may help you feel better and reduce any stress and anxiety. Relaxation, counselling and psychological support are available at some hospitals. Although these are not widely available, some hospitals may offer visualisation, massage, reflexology, aromatherapy and hypnotherapy. Therapies are sometimes available through cancer support groups or your GP. Many complementary therapists also have private practices.
Our information on cancer and complementary therapies tells you about different therapies and gives advice on choosing a therapist.
Not all complementary therapies are suitable for people who have just finished radiotherapy, so it’s important to check with your healthcare team first if you’re thinking of having one.