People living with and beyond cancer

Reducing the risk of your cancer returning

Based on the available evidence, we recommend that, after treatment, cancer survivors follow our Cancer Prevention Recommendations unless they are unable to or have been advised otherwise by a doctor, dietitian or specialist nurse.

More and more people are surviving a cancer diagnosis now, thanks to improved treatments. In England and Wales, half of all people diagnosed with cancer in 2010–11 are predicted to survive for 10 years or longer.

There is growing evidence that if you eat a healthy diet, are a healthy weight and are physically active, you can reduce your risk of getting cancer again, and improve survival, particularly following breast cancer.

Still receiving treatment?

If you are currently receiving treatment for cancer you’re likely to have special nutritional requirements.

This is also true if you are a cancer survivor whose treatment has affected your ability to eat or digest some foods – for example, patients who have undergone a gastrectomy or a colostomy.

In these cases, it’s best to ask a doctor, dietitian or specialist nurse for advice.

Our research on cancer survivors

Preventing a recurrence of the disease and improving general health in people living with and beyond cancer is a new focus of research and is a priority for the scientific work we fund.

We also try to encourage other organisations that support cancer research to fund studies that can help us to give better advice to people with a diagnosis than is currently available.