After Diagnosis: A Guide for Patients and Families

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Will I be able to exercise during treatment?

Your activity level during cancer treatment will depend on your overall fitness and health before the cancer was found and on how treatment is affecting you. Your doctor can tell you if you can exercise and what kind of exercise is OK. Exercise, with rest breaks built into your day, can be very helpful. It can help boost your energy level, relieve stress, decrease anxiety and depression, and make you hungry.

If you enjoyed regular exercise before cancer, keeping up your exercise routine during treatment may help you feel like some areas of your life are still “normal.” If you have surgery as part of your treatment, your doctor may recommend changes to help prevent problems and keep 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: 02/20/2015
Last Revised: 02/20/2015