In my opinion, many patients can protect themselves from recurrence by diligently following some of the basic 'survivorship' principles outlined in Dr. David Servan-Schreiber's book, "Anti-Cancer", and similar publications:
Steps to avoid cancer recurrence
Some do’s and don’ts for helping to avoid and fight cancer.
- Your mental state
* Be positive.
* Resolve stress and past traumas.
* Accept yourself and your emotions, including the negative ones.
* Practice meditation, yoga, tai chi or some other form of relaxation.
- Your diet
* These vegetables have great cancer-fighting characteristics: beets, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, garlic, kale, leeks and scallions.
* Also good are onions, blueberries, raspberries, cherries, red wine, soy.
* Increase your intake of omega-3s, typically found in fish (herring, trout, sardines, mackerel, halibut) and flax seeds and oils.
* Avoid sugar, white flour, vegetable oils, white rice and non-organic animal fat (meat, eggs, milk, cheese).
* Filter your tap water.
- Your activity
* Spend 20 to 30 minutes a day on a physical activity like tennis, swimming or walking.
* Be out in the sun for 20 minutes every day.
* Avoid being surrounded by people who smoke.
* Use cosmetic products that don’t contain parabens or phthalates.
* Use skin-care products without estrogens or placental by-products.
* Use cleaning products without synthetic chemicals.
* Don’t prepare food in a scratched Teflon pan.
* Reduce the influence of cell phones by using a headset consistently.
Source: David Servan-Schreiber, Anticancer 11-05-08
Here are links to some more detailed publications in this area. These are the kinds of programs (nutrition, exercise, stress-reduction) that you need to follow in order to minimize the chances of cancer recurring. Some books are available in both digital and paper format.
"Anticancer - A New Way of Life", by Dr. David Servan-Schreiber, (2009)
"Life Over Cancer" by Dr Keith Block and Dr. Andrew Weil (2009),
Healthy to 100 - Aging with Vigor and Grace Alexa Fleckenstein and Roanne Weisman (2006)
Survivorship and Healthy Living