Look Good Feel Better is the organisation providing workshops for women to offer advice on make-up, skincare, and a little bit of pampering, and their sister organisation in the USA have also extended the programme to offer advice for men being treated for cancer. Here they give a little advice on how men in particular should approach exercise whilst undergoing treatment …
During radiation, chemotherapy, or hormone therapy, your body is working overtime to fight cancer. There are some things you can do to help cope with the impact.
The right workout can increase energy, reduce stress and offset potential weight gain*. However, speak to your doctor and listen to your body: don’t go overboard. Also keep in mind that extra pounds during treatment can be caused by “edema” (water retention) or hormonal changes, not exercise habits. Talk with your physician about your exercise regime and whether a change is needed. When platelet counts are low, avoid high-risk sports to prevent bleeding from injuries or rough contact.
Everything in Moderation
Now is a good time to practice moderation. If you smoke, make the effort to quit: always a positive step for health. If you drink alcohol, limit consumption – and follow any alcohol-related precautions on your prescriptions. Also allow adequate time for rest and avoid pulling all-nighters or working 24/7. Other than that, keeping up the normal routine provides stability.
A Little TLC
You may notice your hands and feet are dry or cracked, or your nails feel brittle. Most often a bit of TLC can help you deal with these annoyances. (However, if the areas become painful or inflamed, consult your doctor.) First off, keep feet cool, dry and clean and don’t pumice or scrub too harshly. Use nail clippers gently, so you don’t cut the skin. If you get professional manicures or buff-shines, do not allow your cuticles to be cut – and insist on fresh implements and soaking solution. Finally, good oral hygiene is also important during treatment, and you should consult your dentist for more information on dental and oral care.
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