Lifestyle Tips to Help You Feel Better With Prostate Cancer

Even the smallest lifestyle changes may help you as you manage prostate cancer. In this section, we’ll review 3 things that you can do to feel better now and in the long run.

Eat healthy foods

A healthy diet is good for so many reasons. It is also important because elevated blood sugar, an increased risk of diabetes, and weight gain have been reported in men receiving hormone therapy like ELIGARD.

A healthy diet includes:

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  • Foods and beverages in amounts that help achieve and maintain a healthy weight
  • Whole grain breads, cereals, and pasta, and beans instead of foods made from white flour and sugars
  • Limited amounts of red meats, especially high-fat or processed meats like hot dogs, bologna, and bacon

Talk to your doctor before you make any changes to your diet. Everyone is different, so he/she can help you decide which foods and drinks are best for you.

Stay physically active

If you feel tired from treatment, exercise may be the last thing you want to do. However, exercise has so many benefits that it’s truly worth the push it may take to get moving.

Physical activity helps you cope with treatment1

  • Helps fight cancer-related fatigue
  • Lowers anxiety and depression
  • Helps you get to and maintain a healthy weight
  • Strengthens your muscles
  • Supports better overall health as a result of improved cardiovascular (heart and circulation) fitness

Simple ways to add more physical activity to your day

  • Walk the dog
  • Golf
  • Wash the car
  • Do yard work
  • Play active games with your grandkids
  • Take the stairs instead of an elevator
  • Take your partner dancing
  • Do arm curls, squats, lunges, and sit-ups while watching TV
  • Ride a bike
  • Take breaks during work for short walks

Talk to your doctor before starting any new physical activity. Get their opinion about your plans.

Manage stress*

Having prostate cancer can be stressful. It is normal to need help coping with your feelings after diagnosis.2 But negative feelings can affect your treatment. That’s why it is so important to manage your feelings of anxiety, depression, or anger.

Some ways to manage stress

  • Create a support network of people you trust and can rely on
  • Talk openly with your doctor and healthcare team and get answers to your questions
  • Join a support group
  • Don’t keep feelings to yourself
  • Get enough rest
  • Listen to music
  • Try meditation or visual imagery
  • Take a yoga class
  • Go for a walk
  • Get outside and do some physical activity

Many men are hesitant to show their feelings. If you do not feel comfortable talking to family or friends about your stress, see a doctor or counselor. Don’t keep those emotions inside!

* ELIGARD is not indicated to manage stress.

References:
  1. Prostate cancer. American Cancer Society Web site. http://www.cancer.org/acs/groups/cid/documents/webcontent/003134-pdf.pdf. Accessed December 3, 2015.
  2. What You Need to Know About Prostate Cancer. Bethesda, MD: National Cancer Institute; 2012. NIH Publication 12-1576. http://www.cancer.gov/publications/patient-education/prostate.pdf. Published September 2012. Accessed September 14, 2015.