Ask a Doc: I have recently been diagnosed with cancer and have always been active. Should I continue to exercise through my cancer treatment?
Question: I have recently been diagnosed with cancer and have always been active. Should I continue to exercise through my cancer treatment?
Answer: If somebody who is diagnosed with cancer is already under going an exercise program, it would be a good idea to continue to be active. It will help to deal with the side effects of the treatment, will help with blood flow to the muscles to keep their muscle strength in tact, and will help to deal with the stress. So, yes, it is good to continue the exercise program.
If somebody has not been active, it would still be a good idea for them to get involved in a gentle exercise routine and gradually try to build that up to a level that is tolerable to them with the consent of their doctor.
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