Cancer & Exercise

Current research indicates that one in three of us will have cancer during our lives.  This is not to say we will die from it.  Many cancers are highly treatable, especially when diagnosed early, and whilst treatment can often take time and have profound side effects, survival rates are improving for most forms of the disease. 5-year survival is now above 50% for all cancers and breast and prostate cancer survival rates are over 80%.

Increasing levels of research are demonstrating how exercise is effective at reducing the risk of developing a wide variety of cancers.

It is also showing that appropriate exercise during cancer treatments such as chemotherapy or radiotherapy has significant benefits, often reducing fatigue, improving feelings of self-determination and maintaining levels of physical ability.

After treatment: many people have had a combination of surgery, chemotherapy and/or radiotherapy and may also have hormone treatment as an on-going treatment.  Each of these may have profound effects on the physical, mental and emotional well-being of an individual.  Improving physical function and “taking charge” of one’s own body after the debilitating treatments is a powerful affirmation after months of being under others’ control, quite apart from the physical improvements achieved.

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Qualifications:  CanRehab Instructor, CanRehab 2015