Exercise Benefits for Cancer Patients

Exercise Benefits for Cancer Patients

Author: Angela Page, PT, Woman’s Adult Therapy Supervisor

EXERCISE is a daunting word for many people, even more so for someone battling cancer. However, it is one of the most important things you can do for yourself during your cancer journey.

Benefits of Regular Exercise For Cancer Patients:

  • Proven to reduce cancer-related fatigue.
  • Shown to lower risk of recurrence of several types of cancer, including breast and GYN cancers.
  • Stimulates production of endorphins, our body’s natural pain killer.
  • Improves sleep quality.
  • Reduces feelings of depression and anxiety.

It is important to include regular aerobic exercise in your routine, as this has the greatest impact on cancer-related fatigue. To begin, try starting with a simple walking program and building the intensity from there. Once you’re comfortable with the aerobic component, you can gradually begin adding gentle strengthening and balance exercises. A well-rounded program should always include aerobic and strengthening exercises in combination with a gentle stretching routine.

We know exercising can seem like an impossible task while you’re fighting cancer, but the reward is great. The different exercise components can be divided up during the week so it doesn’t take too long. Plus, the cancer-related benefits mentioned above can be achieved with even just 10 minutes of exercise a day.

If you’re still not convinced or just don’t know where to begin, let the experts at Woman’s help you take that first step. Whether you’re a survivor or still undergoing treatment, it’s never too late to begin. Call 225-924-8311 or visit our website to learn more about our Cancer Rehab Program.

All cancer survivorship and support programs are part of the the Breast and GYN Cancer Pavilion partnership with Woman’s Hospital and Mary Bird Perkins – Our Lady of the Lake Cancer Center.