Breast cancer and its treatment can have many physical effects on your body. You might be challenged by fatigue, pain, lymphoedema, lowered bone density, changes in weight, changes in mood, hair loss or the side effects of early menopause.
Some people 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. Speak to your GP or specialist for support and information so that you can live your life fully.
Breast cancer has had some positive effects on me. I'm more assertive, and probably also selfish enough to join and attend gym. I've made lifestyle changes including diet, exercise and meditation.
There are things you can do that may help you to feel better:
How to improve the way your body copes with side effects of treatment
Complementary therapies enhancing wellness for people affected by breast cancer
The challenge of feeling excluded from the wider breast cancer community
Tips for a healthy diet during breast cancer treatment, which can cause nausea or affect your appetite and how food tastes or smells
Regular exercise during and after treatment has many benefits. Find suitable options and motivational tips to keep you going
After finishing treatment, you will have a ‘shared care’ plan for tests and check-ups, often shared between your GP and your treating team