Lifestyle choices can make a difference

You’ve already taken some important steps concerning your cancer. You have learned about the type of cancer you have and how SUTENT may help. Here are a few more things you can do.

These healthy living tips are considered general, and SUTENT has not been shown to improve daily activities.

Eat right

Eat right

It’s important to maintain a healthy weight and eat a well-balanced diet that includes more fruits, fresh vegetables, whole grains, and high-fiber foods.

  • Many patients with cancer don’t take in enough protein and calories. Getting a healthy balance of each can give you a better chance of healing well, fighting off infection, and maintaining your energy level
  • Along with protein, a healthy diet also includes nutrients, vitamins, minerals, carbohydrates, water, and fat. All can help to better support the body
  • Good nutrition and a healthy diet may help you to better manage the symptoms and side effects of cancer and its treatment
Balance exercise

Balance exercise with rest

You may be experiencing fatigue, but it’s still important to stay active as best you can.

Ask your doctor before starting any new activities. He or she may suggest simple ways to add exercise to your daily life. It can also help to rest when needed. If you feel tired and run down, your body is most likely trying to tell you that it needs a rest. Take a daytime nap if it’s needed.

Reduce stress

Reduce stress

Try to avoid added pressure in your life.

  • Don’t be afraid to ask for help. Allow friends, family, and co-workers to offer their support and assistance when needed
  • Adopt relaxation techniques. Take up meditation, yoga, and/or deep breathing exercises
  • Know your limitations. Exercise your right to say “no” if you are asked by a friend or co-worker to take on a project that you neither have the time nor energy to complete
  • Seek out a local support group. Share your thoughts, feelings, and insights with others like you who may be faced with a cancer diagnosis