Several new studies (of course they were needed to keep researchers busy) were announced at ASCO earlier this summer. The conclusions were:
- Clear benefits were shown in several studies of exercise during and after treatment help decrease side effects and reduce the risk of recurrence.
- Cancer patients need a bit more direction than 'just go exercise' they need help with what time of exercise to do - whether newly starting or adding to an existing exercise regimen.
My feeling is that exercise is good and it relieves a lot of stress and prevents many diseases (this is from the person who spent most of yesterday on the living room couch). But after surgeries where I had lymphedema issues and my back started to go bad, getting started in a regular exercise program was harder than I thought. I have many limitations that prevent me from doing basic things - no treadmill, no twisting my back, no jumping up and down, and more.
But with guidance from trainers, I have learned what I can and can't do. It has been a learning experience but for the first time in my life I have stomach and arm muscles.
So before more researchers get rich deciding what cancer people need for exercise, talk to your doctor about limitations and then find a trainer who can work with you to figure out what you can do.