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Preventing Cancer Recurrence in Seniors

By Home Care Assistance, 9:00 am on June 6, 2016

Cancer survivors often fear their diseases will return, though it is difficult to determine how high their risks are. This can vary based on the person, type of cancer, treatments, and various other factors. However, there are certain healthy lifestyle habits that can reduce your senior loved one’s chance of a cancer recurrence. The staff at Home Care Assistance, a leading provider of in-home care in Phoenix, discusses some of these strategies.

Participate in Physical Activity

Many seniors become sedentary after beating cancer for the first time because they have undergone a tremendous physical and emotional battle, and they feel it only seems fitting to take some time to relax. However, the National Cancer Institute is now telling older adults this could be a mistake. Getting 30 minutes of moderate physical activity at least 5 days a week can reduce your loved one’s risk of relapsing by as much as 40 percent.

Eat a Plant-Based Diet

Diet is often the first line of defense against almost every form of cancer. A body that is not properly fueled cannot fight off cancerous cells and might have a difficult time handling cancer treatments. The Stanford Medicine Cancer Institute has been carrying out an ongoing study that is repeatedly showing a plant-based diet could be a cancer survivor’s best option. This type of diet consists of at least 9 full servings of fruits and vegetables per day.

Shed a Few Pounds

A high body mass index is essentially a signifier a senior’s weight is affecting his or her overall health or any specific medical conditions he or she has. This includes cancer that has gone into remission as well as benign tumors. A 2014 study published by the American Association for Cancer Research revealed obese seniors have the highest recurrence and relapse rates.

Trade Coffee for Tea

Outside of water, there are few beverages as beneficial to a senior’s health as green tea. This particular beverage contains cancer-fighting substances known as polyphenols. These unique compounds prevent relapses by combating the replication of cancerous cells. Green tea is also rich in antioxidants, which seek out and destroy the free radicals that increase your loved one’s risk of various forms of cancer.

If your loved one needs help adopting healthy habits to prevent cancer recurrence, turn to Home Care Assistance. We are a leading provider of stroke, Parkinson’s, and Alzheimer’s care in Phoenix, and all of our caregivers are trained in the Balanced Care Method, an evidence-based program that promotes senior longevity. For more information and to schedule a free in-home consultation, call one of our qualified Care Managers at 602.388.1085.