Exercise prepares one’s body to better deal with the negative physiological effects. This is commonly known as “pre-hab.”
Exercise helps improve your physiological and psychological well-being, as well as being extremely beneficial for weight loss and management. Maintaining a healthy weight throughout treatment substantially improves the bodies ability to deal with side effects.
|Side effects of treatment||Benefits of exercise|
|Loss of muscle / strength||Improves strength / reverses effects of muscle loss|
|Low immune system||Increases natural killer cells|
|Self esteem||Improves self esteem|
|Neuropathy||Lessens effects by improving efficiency of nerves|
|Lymphodeoma||Encourages lymphatic drainage|
|Lack of range of motion||Improves range of motion in joints and muscles|
- Decreases risk of re-occurrence and mortality.
- Enhances psychological state, whilst offering patients social interaction and a reason to get “out and about”
- Helps deal with side effects of certain treatments, in particular hormone therapy.
- High levels of the unbound form of sex hormones (Testosterone/Oestrogen) can encourage growth of tumours. Exercise helps decrease the levels of the unbound form of these hormones, whilst also increasing Sex Hormone Binding Globulin (SHBG).
- Encourages weight-loss: being overweight is directly linked to high levels of Insulin in our blood. In turn this produces hormones IGF1 and IGF1BP (Insulin like Growth factor/ Insulin like Growth Factor Binding Protein) which bind to your blood and increase risk of growth and potential development of other cancers.
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