Cancer survivors can benefit significantly from undertaking exercise and it can even help them stay in remission, a study has revealed.
Whereas patients have traditionally been told to rest while recovering from illness or injury, Macmillan Cancer Support recommended that physical activity should be “prescribed” once patients feel strong enough to be on the move.
This comes after a review of more than 60 studies carried out on behalf of the charity revealed that exercise can greatly aid recovery and prevent long-term illness in cancer patients.
The study suggests that physical activity does not have a detrimental effect on people’s fatigue, while it has positive effects on mood and wellbeing.
Furthermore, the report noted that once treatment has finished, exercise can reduce the impact of side effects, including arm swelling, anxiety, depression, fatigue, impaired mobility and weight change.
The report said: “Long term, it is an effective way to help recover physical function, manage fatigue, improve quality of life and mental health, and control body weight.”
The study’s authors said the Department of Health’s recommendation of 150 minutes of moderate activity a week is appropriate for most cancer survivors if built up gradually.