Tips for Healthy Living
A healthy lifestyle can help
Successful treatment can start with a healthy lifestyle. The following tips can help.
- Eat right A balanced diet is important throughout cancer treatment. But you may have side effects that affect your appetite. Try having a few small meals or snacks throughout the day instead of 2 or 3 large meals. Drink cool, clear liquids to help calm your stomach.
- Stay involved Do something engaging with your loved ones, like playing a game, listening to music, or watching a movie.
- Get plenty of rest You may feel tired during and after treatment. Ask others to help you with chores such as shopping, housework, or driving. Take naps throughout the day and sleep longer at night if you need to.
- Exercise If your doctor recommends—light exercise such as walking may help with fatigue.
- Seek support You may find yourself feeling overwhelmed. This is common. Sharing your feelings with a support group or loved one can help you cope.
Your doctor can help
Because chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) may affect your body’s immune system, side effects or infections are possible. Your doctor may offer supportive care to help with certain symptoms or side effects. This care can include:
- Antibiotics—to treat infections
- Blood cell treatments—to help your healthy blood cells grow
- Anti-nausea medicines—to help you avoid feeling sick
This care can be medicines you take at home or treatments given in your doctor’s office. Throughout treatment for CLL, it’s important to speak honestly with your doctor. If you notice any change in your health, tell your doctor right away.
This information does not take the place of talking with your doctor. Discuss with your doctor any questions you have about your medical condition or your treatment.