There are several steps you can take to prevent cancer from returning.
The American Cancer Society recommends that cancer survivors follow the same nutritional guidelines recommended for cancer prevention, even if they are in stable health after treatment. The same factors that may increase the risk of cancer are also thought to promote the recurrence of cancer after treatment. For example, studies show that obese women who eat less fruits and vegetables may be at increased risk of developing breast cancer. Likewise, men who eat a lot of saturated fat may be at increased risk of recurrence of prostate cancer.
Vitamins and Supplements
When in cancer remission, be careful with the vitamins or supplements you take. Some believe that taking certain vitamins and supplements may help prevent recurrence. Available studies do not support this belief. In fact, some studies have shown that supplements containing high levels of single nutrients can harm cancer survivors.
Blood tests can show if certain vitamin levels are low. Always consult with your cancer treatment team before taking vitamins and other dietary supplements.
When in cancer remission, it may help to do some exercises or maintain a level of physical activity. Several studies have investigated the effects of physical activity on the survival of cancer patients. However, studies have not yet shown whether physical activity helps prevent cancer recurrence or promote disease. There are studies that show that regular physical activity can reduce anxiety and depression, improve mood, increase self-esteem, and reduce symptoms of fatigue, nausea, pain, and diarrhea. These benefits can be obtained through moderate to intense physical activity on most, if not all, days of the week.