Living with the Endometrial Cancer

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Women who have endometrial cancer can live long and full lives. Treatment is very effective, especially if the disease is detected early.  

Food and nutrition: A healthy diet is recommended. It is important to provide all the necessary nutrients for the body and try to maintain an adequate weight.  

No specific foods have been shown to improve the disease, but the same diet as that taken to help reduce the risk of other chronic diseases, such as diabetes and hypertension, is recommended. This is a diet rich in whole grains, legumes, fruits and vegetables. Foods rich in sugar or fat, too many meat products, especially red meat, processed foods and foods with a lot of salt should all be avoided. 

Smoking: stopping smoking is recommended for the health benefits it brings. Tobacco can interfere with cancer treatments. 

Alcohol: Excessive alcohol consumption should be avoided, and it is best to avoid it completely. 

Physical exercise: Some studies have shown a connection between weight loss and a lower risk of some types of cancer, such as breast and endometrial cancer. In addition, engaging in regular physical activity tends to produce a greater sense of well-being. 

You should stay as physically active as possible, engaging in moderate physical activity, and limiting sedentary behaviour. 

Unless the medical team says otherwise, the most recommended exercise is aerobic, such as walking, climbing stairs or riding a bicycle. 

Sexuality: Most women experience changes in sexual desire and function after endometrial cancer treatment, and vaginal dryness may also occur. 

It is recommended to restart sexual relations taking all the time necessary, with relaxation and exploring each other. It may be helpful to include other practices beyond intercourse; for example, more caressing, hugging and other forms of sexual intimacy. 

You should have good communication with your partner and seek help from health professionals, if necessary. 

Rest and sleep: You should sleep for at least seven hours. Creating an atmosphere of relaxation and tranquillity can help you rest better. Meditation or yoga exercises are advisable, as they help to prevent stressful situations.

Substantiated information by:

Ana Carrión Aliaga
Ariel Glickman
Aureli Torné Bladé
Berta Diaz-Feijoo
Lydia Gaba

Published: 9 March 2022
Updated: 9 March 2022

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