Exercise has been shown to have great value for improving wellness and cardiovascular health while reducing symptoms of cancer treatment. It also may impact cancer survival.
• Regular physical activity and exercise improve quality of life, physical functioning and emotional well-being as well as reducing fatigue.
• Physical activity after breast cancer treatment may reduce the risk of death from this disease. The greatest benefit is for women who perform the equivalent of walking 3-5 hours a week at a modest pace.
• In a study of Stage III colon cancer, patients were recurrence-free six months after surgery, suggesting that combined chemotherapy and physical activity appear to reduce the risk of cancer recurrence and mortality.
• Evidence is also demonstrating benefits for physical activity and exercise for prostate cancer patients and survivors.