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The chances for cure or long term remission from cancer have increased significantly over the last few years. This is partly because of early detection but also because of more intensive therapies. This means that there are more individuals alive who have been through the trauma of cancer and its treatments.  Over 70% of men and women following cancer experience troublesome symptoms which can be caused  by damage from the cancer itself, the initial surgery or oncology treatments such as chemotherapy, radiotherapy, hormone therapy or biological therapies.   

The 2011 edition of the book "Lifestyle after Cancer"  has a comprehensive section describing patient experiences and tips from experienced professional giving you the best change of preventing, minimising and coping with both early and late side effects. 

Self help advice for specific symptoms:





Symptoms which may reflect an underlying cancer or cancer relapse. (what to look out for):

If you get one of these symptoms it is is advisable to present to our doctor for further tests:


Helpful resources and links

Vitamin D - read the evidence why this essential vitamin is important in the defense against cancer, how a deficiency is detrimental to out health  and how you can measure your levels reliably and simply via our online service
Make a will (or living will Cancernet has teamed up with a leading UK lawyer to drive down the cost of making a solicitor checked will.  This reliable, easy to use, online resource ensures your assets (money, property, jewellery, etc) go to the person you want in the most tax efficient way and not those you least want. ....read more
Download a free chapter describing how how to avoid cancer forming chemicals in our diet and environments  from  "Lifestyle after Cancer - the facts"
Protect your lips during chemotherapy There is evidence that natural oil based creams are better than petroleum based creams. natureMedical lip balm has been specifically design to soothe and moisturise the lips during and after chemotherapy or after sun exposure. It only contains only natural waxes and essential oils selected for their anti-inflammatory and DNA stabilizing properties...read more/order
Protect your nails during chemotherapy. Nails can become painful and disfigured during and after chemotherapy. We describe the latest nail care guidelines and  number of useful tips to keep them healthy, including cooling and moisturizing ...read more 
Micro-nutrient testing Empower yourself to make dietary choices specific to your personal make up. This Cancer Risk Nutritional Profile, analyses your blood profile and recommends specific dietary and supplement advice to ensure you have the best possible nutritional status to fight cancer an aid recovery from treatments....read more
Poems and cancer   Cancer is emotional and stressful time not only for the patients but friends and relatives. This emotional can inspire reflection, sentiment and creative writing and poetry. Hundreds of poems have been kindly submitted by users of cancernet. Caution: take a tissue some of these are real emotional bombshells!.. Read poems or...submit your own poem  
Lifestyle and cancer - the facts. This 2011, edition with a foreword from Paula Radcliffe has been extensively re-written with evidence from  research from around the world which demonstrates how diet, exercise and lifestyle can; help avoid cancer (read chapter 9 free), cope with treatments side effects; slow the rate of progression of cancer and help prevent  relapse. (read chapter 9 free),  This comprehensive essential lifestyle guidebook can be safely ordered online (8.95),  downloaded via pdf or  via kindle
Prepared for cancer treatments. Patients and professionals, teamed up with Sue Lawley to produce this 21 minute film which explains chemotherapy & radiotherapy while you watch patients, describing their experiences, side effects and methods to alleviate them. Awarded the NHS communication prize ...  read more / order individually or in bulk for your oncology department 
Keep-healthy.com Practical evidence based advice on healthy living including ways to naturally reduce cholesterol, reduce blood pressure maintain a healthy weight and level of fitness. Includes advice on supplements and other useful products...link
Support groups and self help organisations throughout the UK and internationally. Links to Asian support organisations; Read patient stories and links to the Cancer active website addressing a wide range of complementary issues related to cancer and their a quarterly magazine (ICON)..  submit a link to your group