Staying Healthy After Cancer Treatment
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 overexposure 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.
- Getting the COVID-19 vaccine series and any booster doses to stay up-to-date.
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.
Staying healthy after cancer treatment can be challenging. Linda, a cancer survivor, gives advice on four different topics.
- 5 Things Cancer Survivors Should Know About Their Mental Health (CDC)
- Facing Forward: Life After Cancer Treatment (National Cancer Institute)
- Follow-Up Medical Care (National Cancer Institute)
- Living Well After Cancer Treatment (American Cancer Society)
- Life After Cancer (American Cancer Society)