Physical Challenges

During and after your cancer treatment, it is important to maintain a healthy lifestyle. The type of physical challenges you might experience vary and are affected by the type of cancer you have, type of treatment you are receiving, your side effects, and your general health. 

Examples of physical challenges you may experience include:
     • Fatigue and tiredness
     • Reduced energy
     • Appetite changes
     • Pain that limits your activities
     • Change in body image and physical appearance
     • Weight change
     • Shortness of breath
     • Change in sexual health
     • Change in your menstrual cycle
     • Hot flashes
     • Cognitive change
     • Speech Difficulties
     • Bowel Difficulties

Even though you may not feel like it, try to eat well, exercise within your physical capabilities and look into other helpful approaches to heal your mind, body, and spirit.

Listed below are some tips to help you take care of yourself while living with cancer. 
    • Healthy eating
    • Try to exercise within your physical capabilities and with your physicians 
      approval. It can make you stronger and feel less tired. It can also help you relax 
      and deal with stress.
    • Stay involved in some of your regular activities. Continue to do things you are 
       comfortable with and enjoy doing, but in a paced manner. 
    • The stress you feel is real. Anything you can do to keep your body and mind 
       strong will help you cope with your cancer and treatments. 
    • Focus on what you can do rather than what you cannot do. 
    • Meditation, massage or other relaxation techniques may help you cope with 
    • If you smoke, try to stop.


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