Exercising During and After Cancer Treatments

Recently we read about an educational class that LIVESTRONG offered that detailed the types of physical activity that cancer survivors can and should be doing during and after treatment. Please note, this post is not intended to be medical advice. Please see your doctor before beginning any new exercise routine.

The class was led by Dr. Daniel C. Hughes who believes that cancer survivors should stay as active as possible. Each patient should sit down with their doctor and develop a customized exercise plan that is suitable for their condition.

In an article on WebMD, Kerry Courneya, PhD, professor and Canada Research Chair in Physical Activity and Cancer at the University of Alberta in Edmonton says “Several recent studies suggest that higher levels of physical activity are associated with a reduced risk of the cancer coming back, and a longer survival after a cancer diagnosis.”

And, according to WebMD, after a cancer diagnosis studies have shown that people slow down. Factors such as fatigue, stress, feeling sick and depression can often lessen the amount of physical activity that a person does.

Some of the benefits of exercise during and after cancer treatment may include:

– A happier mood

– Increase in energy

– Lessened risk of anxiety

– Lessened risk of depression

– Enhanced bone density

– Less joint pain

– Weight control

As previously stated, it is important to sit with a doctor and develop the right plan for each person. There are some exercises that should be avoided for certain types of cancer. For example, blood cancer patients should avoid high-impact exercises.

Studies have indicated that exercise can help cancer survivors overcome some of the psychological and physical challenges that often come their way. This research also showed that exercise can improve the quality of life for cancer survivors.

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