Knowing more about your conditions, tests and treatments will help you to:
If you’re living with a long term condition, it’s important to think about this when waiting.
The best thing you can do is try and make sure your condition is stable. You may also be able to improve it through some lifestyle changes.
If your condition is stable, it means you may be able to cope better with things like surgery or treatment. It may also help you get better faster.
You should talk to the healthcare professional who supports you with your long term condition for more advice.
The aim whilst you’re waiting is to help you get your health and wellbeing to the best place it can be.
Many people have risk factors for other conditions that they have not spotted any symptoms for. You can learn more about some common conditions and their symptoms through:
If you think these may be issues for you, talk to your healthcare professional.
Knowing about the risks for certain conditions can help you spot the symptoms and get treatment early. This will help your health and wellbeing for the future. It’ll also help you get fitter ahead of the surgery or procedure you’re waiting for.
Improving your physical and mental wellbeing may help you cope with cancer. This approach is called pre-habilitation or prehab.
Prehabilitation can help you: