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Healthy Eating and Exercise


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After breast cancer treatment, it’s important to live a healthy lifestyle by eating nutritious foods, exercising regularly, and maintaining a normal weight. Multiple studies have shown that obesity can put you at a higher risk for breast cancer recurrence and reduce the effectiveness of hormone therapy

At Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, our nutritionists , exercise physiologist  and physical therapists  can help you design a healthier lifestyle through education and personalized treatment.

Healthy Eating

As a breast cancer survivor, you do not need to cut out any particular food from your diet. Instead, you should focus on a healthy diet that is:

  • High in lean protein like chicken, fish, beans, or nuts
  • High in fiber from vegetables, fruits, and whole grains
  • Low in simple carbohydrates like sugar, white bread, or white rice
  • Low in trans fats and saturated fats from animal products

A registered dietitian or nutritionist can help you design a diet that fits your needs and preferences, allowing you to maintain a healthy weight.


You should choose to exercise in a way you enjoy, whether that is going on walks, taking yoga, or lifting weights. After treatment, you should ease back into exercise slowly. Start with short walks or other non-stressful exercises. You can adjust exercise to your level of fitness as you heal. 

If you experience joint pain as a side effect of hormone therapy or due to your age, you should seek out low-impact activities like yoga or aquatic exercises that don’t stress out joints.

Your ultimate goal should be to get 30-45 minutes of exercise at least three days per week. This amount of exercise will help keep you at a healthy weight, so you have a lower risk of breast cancer recurrence.

You should always ask your doctor if you are healthy enough to exercise. 

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