After Diagnosis: A Guide for Patients and Families

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Will I be able to exercise during treatment?

Your exercise routine during cancer treatment will depend on your physical condition and your general health before the cancer was found. Your doctor will be able to tell you if you can exercise and what kind of exercise is OK. Exercise, with periods of rest built into your day, can be very helpful. It can boost your energy level, relieve stress, decrease anxiety and depression, and make you hungry. You can exercise alone, or you may find it easier and more fun to exercise with a group of friends.

If you enjoyed regular exercise before cancer, keeping up your exercise routine while having cancer treatment may help you feel like some areas of your life are still “normal.” If you have surgery as part of your cancer treatment, your doctor may recommend changes to prevent problems and maintain full use of your joints and muscles. Your doctor or a physical therapist can help you come up with a schedule and activities that are right for you.

Last Medical Review: 03/08/2012
Last Revised: 01/25/2013