Exercising with Cancer
In recent years, there has been a significant increase in research related to exercise and cancer. Much of the research focuses on patient’s quality of life. One of the most common and debilitating symptoms is cancer-related fatigue. Up to 80% of cancer patients undergoing treatment suffer from cancer-related fatigue. A recent study published in BMC Cancer found that breast cancer survivors that participated in supervised exercise programs had improved cancer-related fatigue symptoms compared to patients who did not exercise. The results suggest that 3 exercise sessions per week of 40 minutes were more effective in reducing cancer-related fatigue versus shorter and less frequent exercise bouts. More research is needed to find the optimal volume and intensity of exercise programs. If you, or someone you know, is having difficulty dealing with cancer-related fatigue, contact OPTI at (402)934-8688 and we can set you up with an appointment to design an appropriate exercise program.
Marc Hunley, PT, DPT