Top 20 lifestyle tips
Reduce side-effects and improve outcomes
The World Cancer Research Fund, Cancer Research UK and The National Institute of Health of the USA all estimate, based on the available scientific data, that about 50% of cancers could be preventable by lifestyle factors. As more research is published, the benefits of other lifestyle factors and choices may well increase this figure.
In addition to sensible medical precautions (presenting to the doctor with concerning symptoms, getting vaccinated for HPV, attending screening programmes), this section highlights evidence based practical lifestyle guidance which have been shown to help: Reduce the risk of cancer and other chronic inflammatory related diseases; Reduce side effects of cancer treatments and symptoms of cancer; Speed up recovery after cancer treatments; Reduce the risk of relapse after initial treatments and improve the chance of a long healthy life:
Does lifestyle matter after cancer?
1. Influencing cancer outcomes:
Although patients with established cancer have already sustained the initial DNA damage in order to mutate from benign to malignant cells, the progress from an early indolent cancer to an aggressive form can be influences by on-going nutritional and lifestyle habits. Further DNA damage encourages the cancer to developed mechanism to hide from the body's immunity or become resistant to medical treatments. There is strong evidence that a healthy lifestyle can also have an influence on the direct biological processes which encourage cancer cells to:
2. Reduce risks of side effects and aide recovery:
Based on the available published evidence the following self help, lifestyle strategies can help reduce or help many of the side effects of cancer treatments and reduce the risk of other chronic disorders:
When to consider a lifestyle initiative?
Shortly after their diagnosis, patients and their relatives are confronted by a sudden commotion activity usually traveling to the hospital for blood tests, x-rays, scan, biopsies, and treatments. This causes enormous upheaval to the daily routine both socially and at the work place. Most of your time is taken up adjusting to their new diagnosis, with coping with the side effects of therapy and the difficulties of remembering, where and when they have to be and what to do when they get there! Forcing yourself into a strategy which you cannot do for practical or physical reasons would be inappropriate or at worse may project a feeling of guilt which is counter productive. Depending on the individual circumstances, at an early point in the treatment pathway, however, the subject could be introduced gradually and sensitively. The timing is paramount, as is ability of the clinician to assess the patientís receptiveness to considering lifestyle issues at each stage. Too early and the anxieties of the circumstances will be confounded, too late and the benefits of lifestyle will be overlooked.
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