Most information about how diet, exercise and other aspects of lifestyle relate to cancer tends to relate to prevention and treatment of cancer. Well, there’s another phase that is (fortunately) getting more attention, and that’s survivorship. Once you are done with treatment and your doctor declares you free of cancer, your journey isn’t over.
Survivorship is where you build back your overall health and rebuild strength, both of which can take a hit during active treatment. It’s also the phase in which you double back to prevention. Now that you are cancer-free, you are in a similar boat to those who have never experienced cancer. You want to prevent new occurrences of cancer.
The American Institute for Cancer Research (AIRC) recently published a blog post about diet, nutrition, physical activity and breast cancer survivors. They also put together this infographic. I found it useful, and perhaps you will, too: