Recent researches have shown that exercise and physical activities actually bring good effects to cancer patients and cancer survivors.
Exercise for cancer patients
Exercise is suggested during cancer treatment as it brings about many health benefits and improves the quality of life. Those with cancer should start exercising as soon as possible to improve physical functions and reduce harmful side effects. For those who get used to exercising prior to cancer, lowering the intensity is a wise choice, and with those who are new to exercise, keeping it at a moderate level is recommended.
Not only will exercise keep us in shape, it also increases our muscle strength and cardiovascular health. If you’re experiencing strong side effects or in bad condition, a few minutes of light exercise could still make a different. Try to be as active as possible to maintain a good mood and to boost the healing process.
Make sure you have your doctor’s advice on how to plan your exercise routine and have anyone with you in exercise sessions. Here is what exercise impacts to side effects:
Lymphatic edema is the condition of swelling tissues by a compromised lymphatic system. Exercise would minor the risk of it, also to weaken its symptoms.
Many people experience fatigue during cancer treatment. It is important to exercise even when you’re exhausted causes stopping exercising just makes it worse. Keep regular moderate exercise to maintain muscle strength and you’ll find yourself in better condition.
In treatment for anemia also most often to have side effect when patients would have low healthy red blood cells count, which can lead to fatigue. Frequent exercising along with a well-planned diet are proven to help reduce anemia.
Exercise for cancer survivors
For concerning cancer survivors, specific side effects from treatment may be troublesome and continue preventing their ability to exercise. With the anemia condition, the level of the exercise should be decided by its severity. Exercise plan should be delayed until the condition gets better. People with compromised immunity should avoid public places as they can be easily infected by contagion. And, those with radiation treatment should stay away from swimming pool since their skin would be irritated when being in contact with chlorine.
Extra caution should be used with people that have bone diseases, arthritis or anyone with nerve damage to prevent accidents leading to injuries.
It has been studied that those cancer survivors doing physical activity would suffer less risk of cancer coming back and have a longer lifespan. More researches need to be done in order to give better understand about the relationship between exercise and cancer. If possible, you should try to lead an active lifestyle as it increases your heart health and reduces diseases.
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Review Date: May 20, 2018 | Last Modified: May 20, 2018
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