• 10 Ways Exercise Helps During Cancer Treatment

    Exercise for People Undergoing Cancer Treatment

    Exercise provides short- and long-term benefits for people undergoing cancer treatment.

    Physical therapists can design safe exercise plans to help people remain physically active.

    Exercise during cancer treatment can:

    1. Reduce fatigue

    Exercise helps boost energy and endurance during cancer treatment.

    2. Maintain muscle strength

    Safe exercise can help keep your muscles strong.

    3. Reduce stress

    Exercising during cancer treatment can help ward off anxiety, fear, and depression.

    4. Prevent or reduce lymphedema and swelling

    Special physical therapy treatments address lymphedema and swelling.

    5. Reduce pain

    Safe and comfortable exercise is proven to be effective in reducing pain.

    6. Prevent and reduce weight gain

    Staying physically active can help you maintain a healthy weight.

    7. Reduce brain fog

    Exercise has an immediate and long-lasting effect in reducing brain fog.

    8. Reduce bone density loss

    Certain exercises done while standing and moving can stimulate your bones to stay healthy and strong, helping to avoid fractures.

    9. Improve the survival rate

    Research studies have suggested that consistent exercise during cancer treatment may have beneficial effects that improve the outcome of that treatment.

    10. Assist athletes to continue sports training

    Athletes undergoing cancer treatment may not have to give up their sport. A physical therapist can help design a special exercise plan that includes an athlete’s chosen sport, a modified version, or aspects of it.

    For more information and resources, visit our health center about physical therapy for cancer-related problems.

    Authored by Andrea Avruskin, PT, DPT

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