Road to recovery

The time period after treatment of an illness is often referred to as the road to recovery, and for good reason. Recovering well is not one stop; it’s highly unlikely that you will wake up one day and feel back to your “old self”. Getting better and staying healthy is a journey and commitment to yourself every day that you want to feel the best you can, so you can live your best life.

Diet

There is a reason the saying “you are what you eat” has stood the test of time. It’s true! Our bodies and the way they work respond to what we put in them, which is why it’s a good idea to ensure you get the right amount of essential nutrients each day as part of your commitment to recovering well.

Exercise

It’s important to stay active while recovering well. Recommendations for physical activity can depend on your age, physical ability and health status. The Clinical Oncology Society of Australia (COSA) recommends that exercise should be done under the supervision of an exercise physiologist or physiotherapist with experience working with cancer patients, as this can counteract the adverse effects of treatments and improve recovery.

How you can start

The best place to start when recovering well is to speak your healthcare professional. Let them know that you’d like to recover well and need advice and guidance on the best approach for you in relation to your diet and exercise.

FAQS

Do you have a lot of questions around how to recover well? We understand it can be hard to find the information you’re after in one place, so to make it easier for you we’ve compiled the questions we get asked most about how to recover well. We put it simply and answer some of the most commonly asked questions.