Self Care for Survivors
Many survivors find their cancer experience is a turning point in the way they approach their health and self-care.
Although your individual needs are unique, all survivors benefit from:
- Maintaining a healthy weight.
- Limiting alcohol consumption.
- Quitting smoking.
- Wearing sunscreen.
Nutrition plays a large part in your health after cancer treatment, and it’s easy to get confused by all the different theories and ideas out there. The dietitians at the Helen F Graham Cancer Center and Research Institute can help answer any questions that you have. Please call 302-623-4593 extension 2 to schedule an individual appointment.
Although your nutritional needs are specific to your type of cancer and your treatment, all survivors should follow some general dietary guidelines:
- Eat less red and processed meats.
- Eat more fruits and vegetables – try to include as many colors of the rainbow as possible, from leafy greens to ripe reds, oranges and yellows, to berry blues and purples.
Strive for the “New American Plate,” a dietary model created by the American Institute for Cancer Research for reducing cancer risk.
Using this model:
- Fill 2/3 of your plate with vegetables, fruits, whole grains and legumes.
- Include a 3-ounce serving of lean meat (no larger than the size of a deck of cards).
- No more than 2 alcohol drinks a day for men; 1 drink a day for women.