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.
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.