If you have, or have had, lymphoma, it is important to stay as healthy as you can. A healthy lifestyle can:
- help you enjoy your day-to-day life
- help your body cope better with any treatment you are having, or might need in the future
- lower your risk of developing serious illnesses in the future, including late effects (health problems that develop months or years after treatment has finished)
- help with your physical and emotional recovery.
Generally, the advice for staying healthy for someone affected by lymphoma is the same as it is for anyone else: eat a healthy diet and keep as active as you can. However, you may need to make some adjustments depending on your level of fitness and any side effects key worker about this even after you finish your treatment.
Remember to attend all your follow-up appointments and any regular routine health tests you’re offered, such as checks for high blood pressure and screening for other cancers.
On these pages, you’ll find information and advice on how to stay healthy when you have lymphoma:
- Diet and nutrition
- Stopping smoking
- Follow-up appointments
- What happens if lymphoma relapses (comes back)
- Palliative care (treatment to relieve symptoms)
You may experience a whole range of feelings if you, or someone close to you, is living with lymphoma. It is not uncommon for relationships to be affected to some extent too.
On these pages, you’ll find information about some of the emotional issues you might face and tips on how to cope with them:
- The emotional impact of living with lymphoma
- Caring for someone with lymphoma
- Managing stress
Coping with everyday life can be stressful when you are already going through a difficult time. The effects of lymphoma and side effects of any treatment might also make everyday life more challenging than usual.
In this section, you’ll find information and advice on:
- Coping with symptoms
- Recovery after treatment
- Day-to-day practicalities, including working, studying, driving and financial matters
It’s important to think ahead if you are planning a trip to another country.
On these pages, you’ll find information and guidance on: