Nutrition, Exercise, and Other Lifestyle Changes During Ovarian Cancer Treatment

Other Healthy Lifestyle Choices

While nutrition and exercise are important factors to consider during ovarian cancer treatment, other lifestyle changes can also help. Some of these factors include sleep and limiting alcohol consumption.
 
Getting plenty of sleep is important during cancer treatment, as it will help give you more energy and maintain a positive outlook. Naps are also helpful, even for just 10 minutes, as they will help keep you refreshed and relaxed.
 
Many women with ovarian cancer may also wonder if they can drink alcohol during treatment. The answer will depend largely on the type and stage of your cancer. Many of the medications used during cancer treatment are broken down by the liver. When you consume alcohol, it causes liver inflammation, which could interfere with how the liver breaks down anticancer medications. This can possibly increase your risk for serious side effects.
 
The American Cancer Society recommends little to no consumption of alcohol during cancer treatment to prevent drug interactions with the medications used. This can even extend to the alcohol in mouthwashes. If you have mouth sores, a possible side effect of cancer treatment, even small amounts of alcohol can make them worse. 
 

Final Thoughts

By eating a balanced diet, incorporating a daily exercise routine, and getting plenty of sleep, you can help make your cancer treatment go smoother. These lifestyle choices will also help to boost your energy, improve your mood, and maintain the way your body functions.
 
When in doubt, talk to your healthcare provider. He or she can give you guidance and recommendations for the foods you may need to eat, along with tips on incorporating a proper exercise plan for your particular situation.
 
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