How Exercise Can Provide a Better Life For Cancer Patients
by David Haas
The world can seem a bleak and desolate place for those just diagnosed with cancer, going through treatments or those in remission. Finding the strength to stay positive can feel like an impossible task, but that doesn't have to be the case. In recent studies, experts have found that cancer patients who exercise on a regular basis and avoid inactivity enjoy tremendous increases in their quality of life and energy levels.
Doctors are even going as far as calling exercise a 'wonder drug'. While there is no evidence to suggest that exercise is in anyway a cure, a study done by Macmillan Cancer Support found that the chance of recurrence or death in a breast cancer patient is reduced by 40 percent if the patient exercises for at least 150 minutes a week. For prostate cancer patients, chances of recurrence or dying are reduced by 30 percent.
Only those affected by cancer can understand the physical and mental strain that is associated with any type of cancer, so the idea of doing physical exercise can seem daunting and overwhelming. However, the type of exercise doctors are recommending doesn't have to be strenuous. Gardening or going for a brisk walk is enough to trigger the amazing benefits associated with exercise. The key is to stay active and avoid lying in bed or watching television.
While most are familiar with the health benefits associated with exercise and the ways in which it can help with disease prevention, few consider recommending it to individuals who are already suffering from disease or illnesses such as cancer. However, patients are now living longer as a result of drastically improved treatments, such as those for mesothelioma and breast cancer, which makes it important that patients have the ability to enjoy the additional time they have with their friends and loved ones.
Exercise and stretching helps to reduce the aches and pains commonly associated with certain types of cancers and treatments, making it easier for patients to get through the day. It also helps to increase energy levels and body function, which means that patients experience not only a restoration of their health but of their hope as well.
David Haas is a cancer patient advocate and the awareness program advocate for the Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance. David researches and writes to help people going through cancer. You can find more of his writing at http://www.mesothelioma.com/