16/03/2020 By AskAwayHealth

Top Habits for Breast Cancer Survivors that Actually work

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What healthy habits should breast cancer survivors practice after chemotherapy (or other treatments)?

In addition to recovering from surgery, chemo- or radiotherapy, breast cancer survivors will need a lifestyle plan that maximises their potential for health.

Generally, it is important to address both mental and physical health in all cancer survivors.

Counselling and support from family and friends will be particularly crucial at all stages as one comes to terms with diagnosis and treatment.

Addressing Mental Health is important

Some women may need treatment for depression while undergoing treatment and after.

There should be no shame in this because cancer is a huge life-changing event that needs a great deal of resilience to bear.

So, women should be encouraged to speak to their doctors about feeling low or anxious.

If there are patient groups available with similar experiences, they can be useful.

In other words, we recommend that survivors create a support network to share and draw strength from one another.

Emphasis on being Social

Keeping hobbies, volunteering and maintaining some social activity helps a lot of women.

It is important to look at relationships with loved ones and maintain close friends if possible.

There is a feeling of isolation that comes with one’s diagnosis.

You may feel no one else understands.

But, while it is true that they may not have the same experience, but their support is important on a day to day basis.

In addition to social relationships, keep an eye on other possible stresses.

Examples are finance and work which could also impact on one’s mental health.

Your Physical Health as a Breast Cancer Survivor

In terms of physical health, a healthy lifestyle is essential.

There are considerable benefits from regular exercise after full recovery from treatment – swimming, walking, aerobics, etc.

Eating in moderation, avoiding smoking and alcohol should be encouraged.

We must add to this – regular monitoring.

This must be a routine that you agreed with your specialist and follow including – mammograms, scans, breast examination, etc.

We also advise women to report any new health problems that may arise, quickly, so they can be treated/addressed as soon as possible.


Paying attention to the mental and physical state helps the survivor in a number of ways.

Healthy habits are an important step to support a person’s recovery after treatment ends and beyond this.

Particularly for a relatively young person with otherwise good health, the immune system, the heart and other vital organs can recover and become stronger.

Continuing research is being made into new treatments or cures for breast cancer.

Treatments today are able to provide survival over several years and months maintained with regular monitoring.

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Edited by AskAwayHealth Team


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