exercise for cancer patients

Understanding Cancer & the Benefits of Exercise

Exercise is of paramount importance in the treatment of cancer. Scientific studies consistently demonstrate unprecedented benefits of exercise throughout the cancer care continuum. There is no medicine or other medical therapy that can provide the benefits achieved from consistent exercise. Cancer patients who exercise not only have a significantly better life, they have a longer life. Self-empowerment experienced through exercise engenders reconciliation, renewed hope for the future, and peace.

Exercising during and following cancer treatment may achieve the following benefits:

  • Improved survival of up to 50%
  • Reduced fatigue
  • Reduced incidence of chemo brain
  • Mitigation of chemotherapy side effects
  • Improved sensitivity of the cancer tumor to chemotherapy
  • Less depression with improved self-esteem
  • Improved brain function with reduced dementia
  • Improved heart and lung function
  • Reduced morbidity and mortality from co-existing diseases (hypertension, heart disease, stroke, diabetes, lung disease, Parkinson’s etc.)
  • Improved bone and muscle mass
  • Enhanced immune system in the same pathways as targeted therapy

Resources from other industry leaders supporting the positive effects of cancer exercise treatment: