New ACS Guidelines for Cancer Survivors

New ACS Guidelines for Cancer Survivors

The new American Cancer Society guidelines are three fold, and relate to body weight, diet, and physical activity.

New guidelines for cancer survivors were issued on Thursday, April 26, 2012 from the American Cancer Society (ACS). The new guidelines were issued as a result of increasing evidence in the scientific community showing that physical activity and healthy nutrition after a cancer diagnosis, can both improve the survival chances and decrease the chance that the cancer will come back.

The new American Cancer Society guidelines are three fold, and relate to body weight, diet, and physical activity.

1) Obtain and keep a healthy weight.  Cancer survivors should try to avoid gaining weight during cancer treatment, whether they are a normal weight or overweight. Additionally, losing weight after treatment may be beneficial to cancer survivors who were overweight or obese prior to treatment.

2) Stay physically activity. Exercise is considered safe, according to studies, and can help improve balance, depression, fatigue and muscle strength. After a cancer diagnosis, physical activity reducing the chance of cancer coming back and extends life for several types of cancers, including ovarian, breast, prostate, and colorectal.

3) Eat a healthy diet. Diets high in vegetables, whole grains, fish, poultry, and fruit and low in processed meats, desserts, high-fat dairy products, low refined grains were seen as having the most health benefits. Taking nutritional, vitamin, or herb supplements didn't produce evidence of living longer. And, according to the American Cancer Society, may result in a shorter life. Because taking any of these supplements, the American Cancer Society recommends speaking to a health care provider.

The new American Cancer Society guidelines were specifically for certain types of cancer, including lung, ovarian, breast, prostate, blood, colon, and blood cancers.