Benefits of exercise for patients

Before treatment

Exercise prepares one’s body to better deal with the negative physiological effects. This is commonly known as “pre-hab.”

During treatment

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 treatmentBenefits of exercise
Fatigue Improves energy
Depression Improves mood
Loss of muscle / strengthImproves strength / reverses effects of muscle loss
Low immune system Increases natural killer cells
Swelling Reduces swelling
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

After treatment

  • 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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