Posted in: Cancer by Dr. Tarang Krishna
Exercise is a secure and powerful strategy to improve physiologic and psychosocial outcomes in cancer patients. It is particularly used as an added therapy for the patients receiving cancer treatment and has been examined and studied well and exhibit many benefits. Exercise benefits most of the people both during and after the cancer treatment. It can help control some of the rampant side effects of treatment, speed up your return to the usual daily activities and improve the quality of life. There is little risk of causing harm if care is taken and professional exercise advice is followed religiously. For some cancers, exercise may also improve the treatment outcomes. The best cancer doctors in India have recommended using exercise as a additional therapy along with other modes of cancer treatment.
Health benefits of Exercise:
-Improves mood and prevent depression: This is a serious side effect of cancer diagnosis and treatment.
-Keeps a check on your weight: Obesity is a primary risk factor of cancer and serious health conditions.
-Improves the energy levels by boosting the body’s circulation.
-Enhances the immune system which inhibits the growth and spread of disease-causing organisms in your body.
-Boosts the excretory system so that the cancer-causing toxins and waste are removed more efficiently.
According to a study of women with all stages of breast cancer, it suggested that women who engaged in a exercise program during the cancer treatment has improved quality of life, fitness, energy and strength, as well as lower levels of anxiousness, depression, and BMI. Similarly, other analysis and research suggest that patients with advanced cancers witnessed improved energy levels, weight, mental functions, and overall quality of life with an exercise program. The cancer care centers recommend cancer patients to avoid inactivity and be as physically active as possible, with the goal of:
-at least 150 minutes of moderate or 75 minutes of intense exercise each week. This could be in any form of exercise ranging from walking, jogging, swimming to cycling.
-two to three resistance exercise sessions each week which involve moderate to intense exercise targeting the major muscle groups.
Cancer Healer Center, one of the leading hospitals for immunotherapy cancer treatment recommends to talk to the doctor before commencing an exercise program, particularly if you have bone cancer or continuous treatment related side effects such as shortness of breath, skin irritation, tiredness, etc. Your cancer doctor can advise whether you need a customized exercise program or not.
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