Regular exercise can help reduce the side effects of treatment. All patients getting cancer treatment should be told to do two and a half hours of physical exercise every week, says a report by Macmillan Cancer Support. Being advised to rest and take it easy after treatment is an outdated view, the charity says. Research shows that exercise can reduce the risk of dying from cancer and minimise the side effects of treatment.
In our support group the top seven longest lung cancer survivors all advocate and take regular exercise, with myself, our longest survivor of both small cell and non small cell (18 years) still going strong. Tends to confirm the above recommendation, don't you think..
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Regular exercise is one of the best things a person can do as a cancer patient or survivor, with studies showing improvements in cardio respiratory fitness, quality of life, fatigue, and depression. However, very few studies have focused on the feasibility, safety, or efficacy of exercise in lung cancer patients. Is exercise safe for people with lung cancer? Is it beneficial? Is a long-term exercise program feasible? Yes. Yes and yes, say experts.
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