Lifestyle Changes to Manage Kidney Cancer
- Strengthening your body so that you can withstand treatment
- Boosting your immune system to aid in the fight against cancer
- Improving your emotional outlook, so you can enjoy life to the fullest, even during treatment for kidney cancer
- Making healthful choices that will help you avoid other medical problems that could complicate your health
Reduce Your Risk of Infection
- Try to avoid crowds, especially during cold and flu season.
- Ask your doctor about immunization against the flu and pneumonia.
- Wash your hands thoroughly and often. Hand washing is the most effective method of decreasing the chance of catching colds and flu. You may wish to carry hand sanitizer with you for occasions when washing is not convenient.
Follow a Nutritious Diet
Participate in a Reasonable Level of Exercise
- Promoting overall fitness
- Boosting your energy level
- Improving your immune system functioning
- Bolstering 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
When to Contact Your Doctor
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Renal cell carcinoma. EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at: https://dynamed.ebscohost.com/about/about-us. Updated June 4, 2013. Accessed June 20, 2013.
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