Treatment for breast cancer can have a number of physical effects on your body. You might be challenged by fatigue, pain, lymphoedema, or the side effects of early menopause.
There are also physical changes to your body - the loss of a breast, weight gain or loss, hair loss and scars.
Some women find this is a time when they have a renewed focus on their physical wellbeing. You may find yourself seeking out ways to take better care of yourself.
"Breast cancer has had some positive effects on me. I am more assertive, and probably also selfish enough to join and attend gym. I've made lifestyle changes: diet, exercise, yoga and meditation." -- Sharon
There are things you can do that may help you to feel better:
- Exercise has been shown to be very effective in managing many of the side effects of breast cancer treatment
- Try to get enough sleep (although many women having treatment for breast cancer will experience sleeplessness at some stage)
- Eat a balanced diet to provide your body with the nutrition it needs to heal and help you function better
- Ask your family and friends for help with daily tasks, such as housework and childcare, so you can have some time to look after yourself
- Complementary therapies such relaxation therapies, meditation and yoga may help to sooth you and enhance your physical, and emotional, wellbeing
"I saw a naturopath who was able to suggest some complementary therapies to help build my immune system when I was going through treatment. I also took advice from the hospital dietician about foods that were good for me to try and keep down when I was feeling unwell." -- Kathryn
- My Journey Kit contains information on emotional and physical wellbeing
- Other pages in this section provide more information. You might also be interested in:
- Join our online network if you think talking to others online and sharing experiences will help