How to improve health and quality of life following cancer

Even though cancer survivors are enjoying longer lives after diagnosis, longer doesn’t necessarily mean better. As a matter of fact, over 14 million American survivors encounter face physical, mental, social, job, or financial issues associated with their having had cancer. These problems affect relatives, friends, and caregivers as well. That is why Discount Medical Supplies would like to offer a few helpful suggestions.

Concerns after cancer




People who have had cancer are at an increased of both having their original cancer return and developing a new cancer. In addition to that, they might experience treatment side effects, genetic factors (for instance the type that can cause hereditary breast and ovarian cancer and Lynch syndrome), risky behaviors (smoking, obesity, physical inactivity), and other risk factors such as health disparities.

·         Getting follow-up care following the end of treatment (routine checkups, other cancer screenings).

·         Not smoking.

·         Drinking alcohol in moderation.

·         Avoiding exposure to UV rays.

·         Eating fruits and vegetables.

·         Maintaining a healthy weight.

·         Exercising.

Mental health

Recent studies have found that 10 percent of people who survive cancer face mental health issues, such as depression, anxiety about cancer returning, and memory and concentration problems. Sadly, less than a third of cancer survivors discuss these problems with their physicians, and many shy away from professional counseling and support groups.

·         Caregivers should encourage loved ones who have survived cancer to talk to their doctors about their mental health during treatment and afterward too.

·         Physicians can provide cancer survivors with mental health screening to look for and monitor changes in anxiety, depression, and other mental health issues.

·         Psychologists, social workers, and patient navigators can help cancer survivors find appropriate and economical mental health and social support resources in hospital and community environments.

·         Exercise has been associated with a lower prevalence of depression in cancer survivors.

Work and money

Cancer treatment is expensive, not to mention that it comes with a social stigma that can make it difficult to find employment.

·         Cancer survivors and their caregivers should become better acquainted with the following:

·         Changes in healthcare in the United States and alternatives for economical healthcare insurance coverage.

·         How employers might help; e.g., non-traditional work schedules, employee assistance programs, and alternatives for employees to donate unused paid time off to sick co-workers.

·         The Family and Medical Leave Act.


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