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Health and Wellbeing

When you are living with cancer, there are lots of services on offer to help you feel as well as possible – not only physically, but also emotionally.

More about Health and Wellbeing

If you are living with cancer, eating a healthy diet and getting enough exercise may seem like the least of your worries. But in fact, looking after yourself at this difficult time is more important than ever. There is much you can do to help yourself feel as well as possible during treatment, recover more quickly, and feel good about yourself.

There are a range of services that can help you discover nutrition-packed meals, simple exercises to help you feel energised, and tips to reduce side effects and boost your mood.

See also Emotional Support.

Exercise Programmes
Exercise classes or programmes can lift your energy levels and mood – even during cancer treatment. Cancer-specific exercise classes combine activities specially designed with your condition in mind, along with expert advice. Which activities you choose will depend on the type of cancer and your health, so talk to your doctor for advice.
Diet and Nutrition
Cancer and the effects of treatment can leave you feeling tired and depleted, so your body needs all the nutrients it can get, even if you are not feeling hungry. Classes and support groups run by dietitians offer tips to boost your energy, reduce side effects, and help you heal and feel better more quickly.
Complementary Therapies
Complementary therapies such as massage or reflexology are supportive therapies that can be used alongside your medical treatment to improve your general sense of wellbeing and help you cope better with fatigue, nausea, anxiety and stress. Complementary therapies are not alternative therapies and do not aim to cure cancer.
Body Image
Your illness or the treatments you are undergoing may change your appearance or affect the way you feel about your body. There are courses and workshops to help you cope with side-effects such as hair loss, including make-up sessions and discussion groups. See also Emotional support; wigs and prostheses.