When it comes to cancer patients, the word Healthy is a charged word, much like survivorship. I am not sure if cancer patients ever…
feel healthy as there is always the thought that the cancer may come back. Also, it can be very irritating when you have cancer and people say “but you look so healthy.”
On the flip side, the concept of living a healthy lifestyle can be very empowering because its something patients can control that may have a positive benefit! I hear from our nurses that they often get questions from patients about whether they should go on a macrobiotic diet, take herbal supplements, or stop using shampoo that isn’t organic. The response to these questions is generally to follow the same rules that apply for general good health — don’t smoke, wear sunscreen, eat a balanced diet rich in fruits and vegetables, have a good support network of friends and family, and laugh with great frequency. Basically, everything in moderation and a juicy steak once in while is fine.
Unfortunately, the Internet is loaded with all sorts of remedies, cures, and advice for cancer patients. Patients need to be careful as much of this is not evidenced based and could lead to becoming unhealthy
Healthy is a state of mind for some people even in the depth of cancer treatments. A positive attitude can do wonders and a little broccoli certainly can’t hurt!