What else can you do now to optimise your rehabilitation and recovery following treatment?

Research suggests that making lifestyle changes before treatment starts can improve your outcomes and recovery following treatment. Achieving behaviour change can be difficult. Achieving behaviour change can be difficult. It is important to have a clear sense about what you need to do to prepare for treatment in order to optimise your recovery following treatment. You may want to ask health professionals involved in your care for advice about what you could do before treatment to optimise your recovery following treatment.

If there are behaviour changes you would like to make before treatment starts, it is important to have a clear sense of your goals and what the next steps would be to achieve these goals. Changing any behaviour or building new habits is difficult.

Developing a clear plan and way of tracking or monitoring your progress can be helpful.

It might be useful to set yourself SMART goals:

Specific goal = What is your specific goal?

Measurable goal = How will you know when you have achieved your goal?

Achievable goal = Is it possible to achieve this goal given your current health issues?

Realistic goal = Is your goal realistic given the time frame you may have before treatment?

Timely goal = When would you want to achieve this goal by?

Sometimes difficult thoughts or feelings can interfere with our ability to achieve our goals. It is important to notice when difficult thoughts or feelings show up for you. Difficult thoughts or feelings often reflect an underlying emotional need. Understanding your emotional needs and finding ways to meet these needs can improve your ability to achieve your goals in other areas of your life.

More information on optimising your emotional and psychological wellbeing.

Further support and help:

The advice on these pages is designed to help you prepare for the treatment ahead and support you through to recovery.

If you need further advice and support please discuss this with your key worker or healthcare professional.

  • Cardiff and Vale University Health Board Cancer support line:
    02920 745655  (9:00am to 12:30pm and 1:30pm to 4:00pm)
  • Macmillan Cancer Support:
    0808 808 00 00
  • Maggie’s Cardiff:
    029 2240 8024
  • Tenovus Cancer Care:
    0808 808 1010
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