More research needs to be carried out before we can make specific recommendations for people living with a cancer diagnosis or provide recommendations for specific cancer types. However, there’s growing evidence that maintaining a healthy weight, eating a healthy diet and being physically active on a regular basis can reduce the risk of cancer recurrence and improve survival chances, particularly in those with breast cancer.

After cancer treatment, the best advice is to follow our 10 Recommendations for Cancer Prevention. However, if someone has been recently diagnosed with cancer or is currently undergoing treatment for cancer, they’re likely to have special nutritional requirements. In these cases, it's best for them to ask their doctor or medical professional for advice.

What can health professionals do?

Signpost patients to our practical guide, Healthy Living After Cancer, which provides evidence-based information and practical tips on reducing the risk of cancer returning.


1. Macmillan. Key statistics. 2015.