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Will Changing My Diet and Increasing My Exercise Improve My Cancer Treatment Outcome?

My cancer diagnosis was a huge wake-up call. I'm now willing to do whatever it takes to improve my health. Will changing my diet and increasing my exercise improve my cancer treatment outcome?
 

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Maybe. However, instead of any drastic dietary changes, aim for balanced and adequate nutrition in general. Having cancer causes numerous different nutritional problems for people, both from the cancer itself and from the treatments. If you can get the nutrition your body needs, you'll reap many benefits, including a great chance for avoiding treatment delays due to side effects.
 
You may need a special diet, such as a neutropenic diet, at certain times during treatment. Adhering to your recommended diet will help avoid complications.
 
What about exercise? There is an abundance of research that suggests people with cancer benefit quite a bit from physical activity. There is even some preliminary evidence that regular physical activity after diagnosis may improve cancer outcomes.
 
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