For those throughout all stages of cancer; from diagnosis, through to treatment and recovery, exercise has been shown to be vital to assisting with:
- Retaining muscle strength and cardiovascular fitness
- Quality of life
- and also helping an individual cope with their treatment.
- Some research also suggests exercise may improve survival rates following cancer
As Luke has discussed treatment can lead to a decrease in muscle mass, especially for men undertaking androgen deprivation therapy for prostate cancer, however what research has really shown is that any form of exercise is beneficial for a person undergoing treatment and the most important thing is doing something, rather than nothing.
Those undergoing treatment can feel very fatigued and may only manage small bursts of exercise, so this will need to be managed from day to day, week to week. It is a good idea to chat to a health professional and get advice and also support on what is appropriate for you. But listen to your body and remember to try and reach the physical activity guidelines which are
150 minutes a week (30 minutes, minimum 5 days per week)
2-3 sessions of resistance training working the major muscle groups
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