Fitness during Cancer Treatment

Cancer treatments can be very tiring and hard on your body. The fatigue brought on by cancer treatments often causes patients to avoid physical activity, but studies have shown that moderate physical activity during cancer treatment can help decrease fatigue.

Benefits of exercise during cancer treatment

In addition to lessening the fatigue that is commonly experienced as a side effect of cancer treatment, exercise can have other benefits for patients as well. These benefits could include:

  • Reducing nausea
  • Reduce risk of dying from cancer
  • Boost energy
  • Reduce risk of cancer reoccurrence
  • Boosts the immune system
  • Lowers blood pressure
  • Increase bone mineral density to help prevent fractures
  • Better sleep

What exercises are best during cancer treatments?

Light to moderate aerobic activities, such as walking, jogging, swimming, and biking, along with some resistance training have benefited cancer patients undergoing treatment. This combination of exercises helps patients incorporate some physical activity in their routine and can help them decrease side effects of treatment. Some days during cancer treatment will be worse than others, so it is recommended that patients don’t push themselves too hard during treatment.

Baptist offers cancer patients a team of caregivers, including physical therapists and other specialists, who can help our patients design an exercise plan to meet their needs and any physical limitations. Along with exercise and avoiding inactivity, it’s important for patients to maintain a healthy and nutritious diet while undergoing cancer treatment.

Fitness during cancer treatment has many benefits to the patient. These benefits will continue after cancer treatment as well.