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According to the National Cancer Center, an estimated 1,735,350 people will be diagnosed with cancer in 2018. Cancer is the leading cause of death in the U.S. With dedicated experts doing much-needed research, a breakthrough has been found. Through these studies, cancer experts have uncovered how exercise can and should be part of any cancer treatment.
Dr. Prue Cormie is a clinical researcher and exercise physiologist. Dr. Cormie states in a press release: “If we could turn the benefits of exercise into a pill it would be demanded by patients, prescribed by every cancer specialist and subsidized by government. It would be seen as a major breakthrough in cancer treatment.”
The American Cancer Society suggests the following reasons to add exercise to your cancer treatment:
Improve your quality of life
Reduce the side effects of treatments
Improve your overall fitness level
Prevent muscle wasting
During your cancer treatment, exercising can become difficult. The American Cancer Society suggests engaging in 150 minutes of moderate exercise per week. Vigorous intensity exercise should be done 75 minutes per week.
Cancer care teams should work with patients to draw out a customized plan. This plan should include the trajectory of the disease, the individual, and the status of their health. Ways to accomplish this include consulting with an exercise physiologist and/or a physical therapist.
Dr. Cormie states: “The level of evidence is really indisputable and withholding exercise from patients is probably harmful.”
The American Cancer Society and Dr. Cormie are experts in the field of cancer. Both have shown that exercise is and should be a vital part of any cancer treatment program. Exercise keeps the muscles strong and the body healthy to fight.
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