Lifestyle Changes to Manage Cervical Cancer
by Amy Scholten, MPH
Lifestyle changes can help:
When a person quits smoking, the body starts to repair itself. Quitting helps boost the immune system to help fight the cancer. It improves recovery from treatment. It can also reduce the risk of future cancer and other health problems.
Reduce The Risk of Infection
Cancer and its treatments weaken the immune system. This can make it easy to get infections. It can also make infections more severe. The risk of infection can be reduced by:
Make Dietary Changes
A good diet can affect health, energy, mood, and recovery. Cancer treatment may make it hard to eat. A registered dietitian (RD) can help with meal planning.
The doctor may advise safe exercises. Exercise can help reduce the stress of cancer and its treatment. It can help boost energy, mood, and the immune system.
Cancer and its treatment can make people tired. It helps to focus on the most important tasks. It is important to have others to help with chores, meals, and shopping. Good nutrition also helps boost energy.
If being tired affects quality of life, call the doctor.
Cancer is very stressful. It is important to have support from family, friends, and others. Other sources of support may be:
Family and caregivers may need support too.
Cervical cancer found in later stages can be harder to treat. Some people choose treatments to ease problems from the cancer. Others choose to stop treatment completely. For some people, it is time to begin end-of-life planning. This may include:
Trained care team members can help with this process.
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Last reviewed March 2021 by EBSCO Medical Review Board Mohei Abouzied, MD, FACP
Last Updated: 10/8/2021
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