subsequent cancers,” Sung notes.
“Given the younger age at diagnosis, there often should be more opportunities for prevention and early detection of subsequent cancers in this survivor group,” she adds.
Preventing the recurrence of cancer
One of the best ways to prevent yourself from developing another form of cancer later in life is to maintain a healthy lifestyle.
As a cancer survivor, it is important to take care of your mind and body and eliminate stress from your life wherever possible. Relaxation exercises, meditation, and yoga are all good ways to manage stress. Family and friends and online and in-person support groups can also offer an additional kind of help if you need it.
For those looking to build strength and endurance, moderate exercises such as walking, biking, or swimming are great options. Just be sure to check with your doctor to ensure these are safe for you to do.
After your treatment, it will also be important to make sure you are eating well. A nutritious diet can help you regain strength, rebuild tissue, and feel better overall, NIH Medline Plus notes.
Here are some tips for healthy eating:
- Work with a dietitian to create a nutritious, balanced eating plan.
- Eat a variety of foods from all of the food groups.
- Choose high-fiber foods, such as whole-grain breads.
- Limit red meats.
- Limit alcohol to no more than one (for women) or two (for men) drinks per day.
If you are worried about the symptoms you’re experiencing or are anxious about the recurrence of cancer, it is important to speak up. Your health care team can help you determine the chances of cancer recurrence. Whatsmore, discussing your concerns with your care team can help calm your fears.
Next time you feel anxious, write down how you’re feeling and your questions so that you can remember to address them at your next appointment.
If you notice that your fear of cancer recurrence is interfering with your daily life, consider reaching out to a counselor or therapist that specializes in treating cancer survivors.