Recovering from surgery
Recovering from chemotherapy
Recovering from radiotherapy
Remaining breast aware
Getting back to normal
Reaching the end of treatment can be a difficult time for many patients, you may experience relief that your treatment is finally over, but often might experience a feeling of “what now?” and miss the security of being seen regularly at the hospital. Patients often find it takes them longer than they expect to recover fully from their treatment.
You may have already come to the moving on programme or find talking to other patients has helped. Some people prefer not to talk; there is no right or wrong way.
You can return to work whenever you feel able and ready to do so. Remember that when you do return it might be a big shock to the system and it can be useful to return in a phased manner, increasing your hours gradually over a few weeks.
You may want to travel abroad, if you have difficulties in getting health insurance – our breast care nurses have information on insurers specialising in cover of patients who have had cancer. Further information is also available on the Macmillan website: www.macmillan.org.uk
Exercise and Diet
Enjoying a healthy diet, avoiding excessive weight gain and maintaining a moderate levels of physical activity is important if you have had breast cancer.
You should gradually increase your daily activity after you have completed your treatment, with the aim of trying to build up to three or more twenty minute sessions of moderate activity each week.
There is evidence that maintaining a healthy weight, avoiding weight gain and maintaining a moderate level of physical activity is associated with increased breast cancer survival.
We recommend trying a low GI diet and you should consider:
Eating the right amount to maintain healthy weight
Eat plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables
Eat foods rich in fibre and starch
Avoid eating too much processed or fatty foods
Avoid sugary food and drinks
Avoid alcohol or drink in moderation
These guidelines are suitable for people who haven’t had cancer and can reduce your risk of heart disease, diabetes and other cancers, so why not get your whole family involved?