Healthy living
posted by Kathleen
06 February 2013

Exercise! Important during and after treatment for cancer

Last reply: 5 years ago

Hi,

Just thought I would share this link http://www.choosetotri.com/index.php/ou ... ht-cancer/

In particular the following statement

We recently spoke to Dr. Janice Walshe, Consultant Medical Oncologist at St. Vincents University Hospital, Dublin.

“[color=#0000BF:312ix0bk]Probably the most common question I get asked by women who have completed treatment for breast cancer is “Now what can I do to reduce my risk of my cancer returning?”. The evidence from all the literature is consistent and compelling – the answer is exercise and maintain a healthy body mass index (BMI). We encourage our patients to get out there and exercise during and after treatment to the extent that they can. Regular exercise is beneficial on many levels. I’m delighted to hear about the ChooseToTri initiative and wish them the best of luck in their campaign to get people active[/color:312ix0bk].”

On the same site there is some guidance about the levels of exercise needed.

Some further reading:

http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/232406.php

http://www.dana-farber.org/For-Adult-Ca ... ivors.aspx

http://www.macmillan.org.uk/Cancerinfor ... ivity.aspx

Kathleen

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commented by WicklowLady
06 February 2013

5 years ago

Janice is my oncologist wonderful woman. I'm heading back to weight watchers next week and lent is starting. I can't really walk as my leg is giving me trouble. Does anyone have wifit I was thinking of investing?

commented by Kathleen
07 February 2013

5 years ago

Hi Mary,

Did you mention the trouble with your leg when you were in hospital?

After surgery one of the biggest risks is blood clots so it is very important to be active. Not talking about running marathons of course, just gentle walking for example.

It might be an idea to discuss your leg problems with your doctor to know whether you need physio to help, whether you should be resting your leg or trying to be active or maybe taking some anti-inflammatories. Chemo does tend to hit our weaknesses, mine was my feet. No fun either. I'm doing physio and I'm seeing a lot of improvement.

Hugs

Kath

commented by WicklowLady
07 February 2013

5 years ago

I did Kathleen and they sent me for an X-ray. I'm getting reflexology (surgeon thinks I'm mad) and I'm taking anti inflammatories, probably need physio will mention it again on Monday

commented by Kathleen
08 February 2013

5 years ago

Another interesting article on the benefits of exercise for us girlies in particular

http://breastcancer.about.com/od/riskfa ... ise_bc.htm

And also something to bear in mind to protect our daughters from going down breast cancer boulevard some day too.

(Wicklow Lady, I hope your anti-inflammatories are starting to work. It's been a tough week for you)

Kath

commented by Kathleen
13 March 2013

5 years ago

Here is a very entertaining and informative 9 minute video on the benefits of exercise for all:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aUaInS6HIGo

Surprising how big a difference 30 minutes a day can make Image removed.

Kathleen

commented by Kathleen
27 April 2014

5 years ago

Taking the liberty of reposting on a thread I started some time ago on the benefits of exercise for us breast cancer girlies in particular, but of course for everyone. Image removed.

Here is another useful link to help keep up those good habits.

http://www.breastcancer.org/tips/exercise

Best wishes to all

Kath

commented by KathyKrehbiel
17 September 2014

5 years ago

Numerous individuals need to roll out positive improvements to their lives when they're existing with or after growth. Making moves to carry on with a healthier lifestyle is frequently a real piece of these changes.for numerous disease patients, activity may be an approach to allay some of those issues. Individuals who were physically dynamic before they were diagnosed with malignancy may think about whether they can keep taking an interest in the physical exercises they used to delight in

commented by Kathleen
19 September 2014

5 years ago

Worth reading for anyone on chemo - a study has shown improved tumour reduction with chemo + exercise!

http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/282767.php

Best wishes to all

Kath

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