Monica Zangwill, MD, MPH
By adopting certain lifestyle habits, you can help speed your recovery from prostate cancer.
and hormonal therapy can add to the fatigue you already feel from fighting cancer. Plan for rest periods during the day and ask for help at home when you need it. It is important to allow your body to rest.
exposes your body to many cancer-causing chemicals. Some data shows that smoking makes your tumor less responsive to the effects of radiation. If you smoke,
talk to your doctor about how to quit.
Good nutrition is essential for health and well-being. To aid in your recovery, make sure you are getting all the nutrients that your body needs for healing. Try to increase your intake of
fruits, vegetables, whole
Once you have been given the okay by your doctor, participate in an
exercise program. For example, walking every day can help you to feel better, even when you are receiving treatment. Exercise may increase the amount of energy that you have during the day.
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Last reviewed September 2016 by Mohei Abouzied, MD, FACP
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