Benefits of Exercise for Survivors

Exercise is a powerful tool that can help you take control of your physical and mental health.
Research is being done to evaluate how exercise can help survivors. At the end of this session, you will find references to just some of the many studies done on exercise and cancer.
Exercise that is tailored to your level of energy and ability may:

  • Keep or improve your physical abilities
  • Improve balance, lower risk of falls or broken bones 
  • Improve blood flow—lower risk of blood clots
  • Improve self-­esteem
  • Improve sexual functioning
  • Lower risk of anxiety and depression
  • Reduce impact from side effects such as nausea and fatigue
  • Lower risk of heart disease and osteoporosis
  • Aid with sleep
  • Reduce ‘chemo-­brain’: better clarity with learning and thinking
  • Aid with weight control

Overall, regular exercise is shown to improve physical functioning and quality of life, ideally to help you manage physical effects after treatment. Every survivor’s physical and emotional health is different after treatment—not everyone can do rigorous exercise. Even mild exercise can help in small ways.

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