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Exercise can support you through all phases of the cancer journey. During treatment, exercise can give you more energy and keep you strong so you can better tolerate conventional therapies.
Once treatment is complete, exercise can help minimize long-term side effects, such as lymphedema, and reduce the risk of other chronic conditions, like diabetes and heart disease.
When fighting cancer, it is understandable if you don’t feel like exercising. Yet, even a small amount of activity, such as a short walk or gentle stretching in bed, can go a long way toward improving your well-being.
Wherever you are in your treatment and recovery, physical activity can help to:
The following are examples of how certain exercises can support you during treatment:
Cancer can change how your body looks, feels and performs. You may have difficulty walking, going up and down stairs, getting in and out of bed, or other physical limitations. Rehabilitation can help restore your strength and functional independence so you can continue to stay active and participate in the activities you enjoy most.
For example, physical therapy can help you rebuild strength, improve coordination, and alleviate pain so you can be active and independent. Occupational therapy can help you with performing everyday activities, like getting dressed, grooming, bathing, and eating.
NOTE: THIS INFORMATION IS NOT INTENDED NOR IMPLIED TO BE A SUBSTITUTE FOR PROFESSIONAL MEDICAL ADVICE. YOU SHOULD ALWAYS CONSULT WITH A MEDICAL PROFESSIONAL BEFORE BEGINNING ANY EXERCISE OR CANCER REHABILITATION PROGRAM.
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