Fight Chemotherapy Induced Fatigue with Exercise

Fight Chemotherapy Induced Fatigue with Exercise!

Exercising to fight fatigue may sound counterintuitive, but exercise can improve quality of life, assist with energy balance, and improve psychological well-being. Exercise increases endorphins in your brain which in turn allow you to mentally feel better online viagra. Exercise helps you to gain more energy to get out and continue to enjoy the activities you did before starting treatment.

Research has found that there is no harm in patients exercising during treatment. It some cases it has even reduced fatigue up to 40-50%. One study showed that women who exercised moderately (the equivalent of walking 3 to 5 hours per week at an average pace) after a diagnosis of breast cancer had improved survival rates compared with more sedentary women. (see reference A)

Exercising can be a variety of activities. Walking, running, stretching, biking, and light lifting are all example of exercising. It is important to speak to your physician before starting to exercise to come up with a best course of action based on your diagnosis.

Please call us here at Charleston Hematology Oncology Associates today if you are interested in more information on Cancer and Exercise!

Reference A: Holmes MD, Chen WY, Feskanich D, Kroenke CH, Colditz GA. Physical activity and survival after breast cancer diagnosis. Journal of the American Medical Association 2005; 293(20):2479–2486.

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