Lifestyle Changes to Manage Bladder Cancer
- Strengthen your body so that you can withstand some of the rigors of treatment.
- Optimize the function of your immune system to aid in the fight against cancer.
- Improve your emotional outlook, so you can enjoy life to the fullest, even during treatment for bladder cancer.
- Avoid other medical problems that could complicate your health.
Reduce Your Risk of Infection
- Wash hands thoroughly and often. Hand washing is the most effective method of decreasing the chance of catching colds and flu. Carry hand sanitizer for times when washing is not convenient.
- Try to avoid crowds, especially during cold and flu season.
- Avoid touching eyes, mouth, and nose to after coming in contact with surfaces or objects.
- Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects often.
- Ask your doctor about immunization against the flu and pneumonia.
Maintain a Healthy Diet
- Promoting overall fitness
- Boosting your energy level
- Improving your immune system
- Boosting your spirits and improving your emotional outlook
Rest When Tired
- Religious community
- Support groups for people with your type of cancer
- Professional support such as social workers, psychologists, and/or psychiatrists who are trained to help support cancer patients and their families
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- Reviewer: Mohei Abouzied, MD
- Review Date: 05/2015 -
- Update Date: 06/29/2015 -
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