Benefits of exercise for patients

Before treatment

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

During treatment

Exercise improves your physical capabilities, general well-being, and is very beneficial for weight loss and management. Maintaining a healthy weight throughout treatment substantially helps the body to best deal with the effects of treatments. Exercise also presents positive psychological benefits; boosting mental strength, resilience, belief and confidence.

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.
  • Increases daily well-being and future quality of life.
  • Improves frame of mind and control of emotions.
  • Offers social interaction and a reason to get “out and about.”
  • Helps balance the bodies hormones; particularly those associated with re-occurrence. (Insulin. Testosterone. Oestrogen).

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