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Published on March 12, 2014

Life After Cancer

March 12, 2014

Seeding sprouting out of the groundFor many survivors, the end of cancer treatment marks a new opportunity to make healthy changes and gain a fresh appreciation for life.

Benefits of Healthy Diet

Eating a variety of healthy foods appears to provide the best nutrition and protection from cancer recurrence. The American Cancer Society’s dietary recommendations include:

  • Enjoying a diet high in fruits, vegetables, and whole grains.
  • Choosing low-fat dairy products
  • Getting protein from poultry, fish, and plant sources such as tofu
  • Selecting healthy fats from nuts, olives, and vegetable oils
  • Limiting consumption of foods high in fat, sugar, and sodium
  • Avoiding animal fats and trans fats
  • Consuming red and processed meats rarely

Be Active

Physical activity helps survivors of many types of cancer manage their weight, maintain or rebuild muscle mass, cut their risk of cancer recurrence, and improve their quality of life. Individuals who were not physically active before a cancer diagnosis may want to start slowly and gradually increase the length, intensity, and frequency of workouts.

To help meet exercise goals:

  • Choose an activity you enjoy
  • Aim for at least 150 minutes of moderate exercise per week – about 20 minutes every day
  • Do strength training at least twice a week

Emotional Engagement

Many survivors face new fears, or find their values or aims in life have shifted after battling cancer. Relationships with friends, family, and work colleagues may change as well.

Connecting with other survivors, either on your own or in a support group, can help you work through your feelings, find inspiration, and look to the future with renewed hope.

KishHealth System Cancer Center offers a variety of support groups and programs for those newly diagnosed or living with cancer. Find out more at

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