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Staying Healthy After Cancer Treatment

Photo of a couple in a kitchen making a saladEating lots of fresh vegetables is one way to stay healthy.

When your treatment is finished, your doctor may tell you that you should get checkups or tests in the future. This is called follow-up care. Be sure to follow your doctor’s instructions. These tests can help find early signs of a new or the same cancer.

You can lower your risk of getting cancer again or having the cancer come back by making healthy choices like—

  • Staying away from tobacco. If you smoke, try to quit, and stay away from other people’s smoke.
  • Limiting the amount of alcohol you drink.
  • Protecting your skin from exposure to ultraviolet rays from the sun and tanning beds.
  • Eating lots of fruits and vegetables.
  • Keeping a healthy weight.
  • Being physically active.
  • Getting a flu shot every year.

Survivorship Care Plan

A survivorship care plan includes important information about your cancer and treatment. If you have a survivorship care plan, bring it with you whenever you go to the doctor.

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