Many patients and their families want to know what they can do to help prevent bladder cancer from recurring and to live well after a diagnosis. There are many different ways that people can live well after a diagnosis. Good nutrition is one way to live well, and is important for everyone, but balanced, healthy diets are strongly recommended for those living with a bladder cancer diagnosis.
Another essential part of living well is surrounding yourself with a support system and knowing when to ask for help. People want to know what they can do to help, and it is important to let them. You can ask them to make you a meal (like these delicious salmon patties with curried tartar sauce), come visit with you, or take up an activity with you.
There are many other people living with a bladder cancer diagnosis and there are support groups around the country. There is also an online BCAN Support Forum with over 30,000 members, who know exactly what you are going through.
Living well can also mean becoming and staying physically active by getting at least 30 minutes of physical activity a day. Physical activity can be anything that gets your heart rate up, such as walking, gardening, swimming, weight lifting, or dancing. Talk to your doctor before starting a new exercise routine.
There are many ways to live well and we are here to help. For more tips on living well with bladder cancer visit, our “Eating Healthy with Bladder Cancer” page.