Summertime Tips for Breast Cancer Survivors

The summer season can present some unique challenges when you have been diagnosed with breast cancer and are undergoing treatment. For example, how will the heat affect your energy level and daily activities? Will you feel comfortable wearing your wig and/or a bathing suit to the pool or the beach? These and other concerns can be alleviated by following some basic health tips and devising a plan of action that will maximize your summer vacation and the time you spend with family and friends.

  • Stay Hydrated 

  • Avoid Excessive Sun Exposure and Stay Cool 

  • Know Which Medications and Treatments Are Sensitive to Heat and Sun 

  • Wear a Swimsuit that Maximizes Your Comfort Level 

  • Buy a Wig that Fits Your Summer Lifestyle

Most important of all for all breast cancer survivors – rest, pace yourself, and communicate your specific needs to your loved ones so that together you can enjoy a satisfying summer.

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Have a question about breast cancer? Call the YourShoes® 24/7 support center at (800) 221-2141 and speak with a peer counselor who is also a survivor who can help you.

Article courtesy of Coping with Cancer Magazine.  Excerpted with permission from Breast Cancer Network of Strength website, www.networkofstrength.org.

This article was published in Coping® with Cancer magazine, May/June 2008.

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