Cancer Support Community Launches Living Healthy with Cancer
The Cancer Support Community has launched Frankly Speaking About Cancer: Living Healthy with Cancer®, an educational program intended to raise awareness about the unique physical and emotional needs of those living with cancer and to teach survivors how to develop healthy habits to meet these needs.
Taking small steps to continue living a healthy lifestyle can not only lessen the rigors of your cancer treatment but also help you regain a sense of control and confidence in your life as your move through this experience.
The program focuses on four major areas that relate to living with cancer during and beyond treatment: maintaining a healthy diet, medical management, exercise, and emotional wellness.
Here are some essential steps you can take:
Empower yourself by learning about ways to improve your overall wellbeing.
Communicate with your health care team to ensure your care is best tailored to you.
Manage your Care
Take initiative in managing your cancer care and side effects.
Take preventive steps and develop healthy habits to reduce your risk of infections.
Ensure that you are getting the nutrition that you need.
Incorporate tailored physical activity as much as you can.
Reach out to others and learn about ways to manage your stress.
You may have cancer, but cancer doesn’t have you.
CSC Resources for Support
Cancer Support Community’s resources and programs below are available at no charge
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To learn more about the Frankly Speaking About Cancer series or to download the Frankly Speaking About Cancer: Living Healthy with Cancer fact sheet, visit cancersupportcommunity.org/livinghealthy.
This article was originally published in Coping® with Cancer magazine, November/December 2012.