Staying healthy during bladder cancer treatment

Making healthy choices during cancer treatment may help you feel stronger and healthier. These healthy habits may make it easier for you to cope with treatment side effects and to complete all of your bladder cancer treatments.

Stop smoking

If you smoke, stop now. Even if you've tried to quit before and haven't had success, try again. Ask your doctor about strategies to help you quit.

Quitting smoking may:

  • Improve your quality of life
  • Lessen treatment side effects
  • Help you recover more quickly from treatment
  • Reduce your risk of second cancers
  • Make cancer treatments, such as chemotherapy and radiation, more effective

Medications and counseling may make it easier to quit. Ask your doctor for help.

Choose a healthy diet

Eating a healthy diet during and after cancer treatment can help ensure that your body has the nutrients it needs for healing.

Cancer treatments sometimes make it hard to eat by changing the way food tastes or reducing your appetite. If you're having trouble eating, it may make sense to eat what tastes best to you in order to make sure you get enough calories. Let your doctor know, too. Your doctor can refer you to a professional who can help you find ways to make food more appealing.

If you aren't having difficulty eating, choose a balanced diet that includes a lot of fruits and vegetables. In general, a healthy diet includes:

  • Whole grains
  • A variety vegetables
  • Whole fruits
  • Healthy proteins, such as nuts, fish and lean meats
  • Low-fat dairy products
Oct. 03, 2017 See more In-depth