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Lifestyle Changes For Paraneoplastic Syndrome

Lifestyle Changes For Paraneoplastic Syndrome

There aren’t any specific lifestyle changes for the paraneoplastic syndrome (PNS) only but if you diagnosed with paraneoplastic syndrome then that means you have cancer in your body. The treatment can be curative or palliative depending on the stage of cancer. Whatever the stage and treatment your going to follow, being healthy are important especially at this stage. So, if you were someone who did not pay much attention to your health in the past, now it’s time to change into a healthier lifestyle.

Dietary Changes

  • Diet can have a big impact on all aspects and improve many symptoms and overall health.
  • Have an anti-inflammatory diet rich in antioxidants. This kind of diet includes an ample amount of organic fruits and vegetables which you need to be consumed after preparing hygienically. If you have kidney or electrolyte imbalances then you need to be careful in having certain fruits. Ask your dietician for advice.
  • Have whole-grain food, avoid refined and processed carbohydrates (sugar, chips).
  • Have more plant-based protein and fish and reduce animal protein and dairy as much as possible. The proteins in animal products can induce an inflammatory reaction in the body.
  • Increase the fiber in your diet by including more fruits, vegetables, and whole grain.
  • Avoid food containing saturated fat such as butter, cheese, milk, meat and food containing trans-fat such as chips, baked goods.
  • Avoid all processed food, alcohol, smoking and caffeine.
  • Have your meals at regular intervals. If you have hypoglycemia do not skip meals.
  • If you have dysphagia then get medical advice on what sort of a diet you should follow and if you require nasogastric feeds.
  • Try to maintain a normal weight.
  • Get advice on a detailed dietary plan from a dietician as the calorie intake is important in PNS.
  • You should be aware of your water/fluid intake especially if you have hyponatremia or hypercalcemia. Follow your doctor’s advice regarding fluid intake.


  • Exercises have many benefits for PNS patients, it boosts up your immunity, improves physical and mental fitness, reduces stress and anxiety.
  • Speak with your doctor and choose a suitable exercise plan for you and make the necessary adjustments with time.
  • Initially, you might feel tired and difficult but these improve with time and your tolerance increase. (1)

Stress Management And Emotional Support

  • Mental health is as equally important as your physical health. Manage your stress by doing yoga, meditation and engaging in religious activities.
  • Get an adequate amount of sleep and rest.
  • Listen to music and engage in recreational activities.
  • Join a support group, have a listening ear to always talk about your issues. Share your thoughts, feelings, and worries. (2)

Safer Home

  • This is very important if you have neurological symptoms such as dizziness, muscle weakness and seizures. Make sure your home is safe for you to avoid injuries.
  • Make sure there are railing or grab bars near stairs and bathrooms, keep the floors clean, have a clear walking area in the house, and have sidewalks and driveways clear of any slippery surfaces.
  • Make sure you are not alone at any time and the person accompanying you know what to do if you get a seizure. (3) (4)


There aren’t any specific lifestyle changes for paraneoplastic syndrome itself. The general cancer lifestyle changes apply to patients diagnose with the paraneoplastic syndrome as well because they also have cancer. You might be following a curable or palliative treatment method but whatever the treatment option your physical and mental health is important. Have a balanced diet, have more fruits, vegetables, whole grain, and lean protein. Avoid animal proteins, processed food, refined carbohydrates, smoking, and alcohol. Do regular exercises according to an exercise plan prescribed by your doctor. Reduce stress by doing yoga, meditation and engaging in religious activities. Join a support group and share your thoughts and worries with them. Finally, make sure your home environment is safe and have a family member or friend always with you.


  1. https://www.cancer.net/survivorship/healthy-living/healthy-living-after-cancer
  2. https://www.cancer.net/blog/2018-09/6-lifestyle-changes-improve-your-cancer-care
  3. https://www.cancer.org/content/dam/cancer-org/cancer-control/en/booklets-flyers/life-style-changes-that-make-a-difference.pdf
  4. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/29239243

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Pramod Kerkar, M.D., FFARCSI, DA
Pramod Kerkar, M.D., FFARCSI, DA
Written, Edited or Reviewed By: Pramod Kerkar, M.D., FFARCSI, DA Pain Assist Inc. This article does not provide medical advice. See disclaimer
Last Modified On:October 21, 2021

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