Lifestyle Changes Can Improve Cancer Survival

Guidelines from the American Cancer Society recommend that people livingwith cancer maintain a healthy weight, get enough exercise, and eat a balanced diet. Evidence shows that good nutrition and physical activity after a diagnosis can lower the chances of certain cancers coming back, and may improve the chances of survival. Among the highlights of the guidelines: Weight loss after recovery from treatment may benefit survivors who are overweight or obese. Exercise is safe during cancer treatment and can improve many aspects of health including muscle strength, balance, fatigue, and depression. Physical activity after diagnosis is linked to living longer and a reduced risk of recurrence of breast, colorectal, prostate, and ovarian cancers. Health benefits are associated with diets high in fruit, vegetables, whole grains, poultry, and fish, and low in refined grains, red meat, processed meats (such as hot dogs), desserts, high-fat dairy products, and French fries.