Physical activity is important and beneficial during all stages of your cancer journey (Macmillan 2012).
Regular physical activity reduces the chance of you getting many common cancers; the largest reductions are seen in the most active individuals. Those with the best evidence are below (FYSS; SASA; WCRF)
|Type of cancer||Amount physical activity reduces your risk|
|Prostate||Up to 50%|
If you have survived breast or bowel cancer, increasing the amount of physical activity you do compared to the amount you did before your diagnosis reduces your chance of dying from your cancer by 39% (Schmid 2013)
You will also benefit if receiving palliative care: regular physical activity can help reduce fatigue, enable you to keep mobile and independent for longer and lessen symptoms such as shortness of breath and loss of appetite (Macmillan 2012).
Exercise daily; if your white counts are low try and exercise outside to avoid contact with other people
Avoid high intensity activities, particularly when on chemotherapy.
If your bones are involved, avoid high impact activities and activities that put you at risk of falling.
Make sure you are in a safe environment if you suffer from dizziness or nerve problems.