Cancer patients need exercise



Cancer patients should exercise

Cancer patients should exercise

Research by Macmillan Cancer Support shows that the risk of dying from cancer and the side effects associated with cancer treatment are both lessened when the patient spends two and half hours a week doing physical exercise.Adult cancer patients and cancer survivors should do moderate exercise for 150 minutes per week, the reports says, which is what the Department of Health guidelines recommend. Of the two million cancer survivors in the UK, approximately 1.6 million people are not getting enough physical activity, according to Macmillan’s report, Move More. The Department of Health says local initiatives can help people to get the required amount of exercise. A spokesperson from the Department of Health said it is essential that people with cancer are provided the support to lead an active life. “Physical activity and a healthy lifestyle can impact very positively on cancer outcomes and, as part of the National Cancer Survivorship Initiative, we are working with Macmillan to integrate physical activity services into cancer care pilot sites. Locally led initiatives such as Let’s Get Moving are also well placed to signpost cancer patients to community-based physical activity opportunities.”Chief executive of Macmillan Cancer Support, Ciaran Devane, said physical activity was very important to the survival and recovery process.”Cancer patients would be shocked if they knew just how much of a benefit physical activity could have on their recovery and long term health, in some cases reducing their chances of having to go through the gruelling ordeal of treatment all over again. It doesn’t need to be anything too strenuous, doing the gardening, going for a brisk walk or a swim, all count.Cancer patients have always been told to rest after their cancer treatment, but the report states that this approach might put cancer patients at risk.The American College of Sports Medicine recommends that exercise during and after most types of cancer treatment is completely safe and says survivors should avoid inactivity.
The report indicates that people can overcome the effects of cancer and its treatment, such as fatigue and weight gain by participating in physical activity. “The evidence review shows that physical exercise does not increase fatigue during treatment, and can in fact boost energy after treatment.” “It can also lower their chances of getting heart disease and osteoporosis.”
The risk of recurring breast cancer is reduced by 40% and for prostate cancer, the risk of dying from the disease is reduced by up to 30% when exercise is pursued as a weekly regimen, previous research has found. By doing around six hours of moderate physical activity a week, the risk of dying  for bowel cancer patients can be cut by around 50%, according to cancer experts.

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