Looking after yourself

It's important to look after your body and mind, but especially when you're dealing with cancer. This section will give you tips and advice from other young people about being kind to yourself - taking positive action can help you feel stronger and more in control.

Skin, nails and teeth

Keeping up your usual routine during and after cancer treatment can be important when it comes to washing, skincare, shaving, your teeth and nails.

Get info on looking after your body.

Hair loss, body hair and regrowth

Dealing with changes to your hair or losing it can be especially tough but there are plenty of options - it's about finding one that's right for you.

Get info on looking after your hair.

Makeup, tanning and body modification

Makeup, skin tone, tattoos and piercings might be an important part of your identity and having cancer doesn't have to change this.

Get info on looking after your appearance.

Diet and exercise

Eating well, exercising and making sure your body is getting everything it needs can make a real difference to how you feel during and after treatment.

Get info on looking after your wellbeing.

Self-esteem and body confidence

The effects of cancer and treatment can knock your self-esteem so remember to be aware of the things you can do to look after your mind and emotions too.

Get info on looking after your confidence.

Alcohol, drugs and smoking

While you should be able to keep living life as normally as possible, it's important to be cautious of substances that could have an impact on your treatment or health, like alcohol, smoking, vaping, cannabis and other drugs.

Get info on looking after your health.

Updated June 2017, next review due 2018.