April 3, 2019
By: PathSOS Team

Physical Activity and the Cancer Patient

Surviving Cancer and making it through cancer treatment towards the start of a new and enlightened life is great accomplishments. In 2014 a study was published which showed that working out regularly can help fight cancer and also decrease the risk of possible cancer development in young people and adults as well. Only rest can lead to loss of body function, muscle weakness, and reduced range of motion. So today, many cancer care teams are encouraging their patients to be as physically active as possible during cancer treatment. Many people are learning about the advantages of being physically active after treatment, too.

Working out keeps not only keeps the body in shape but also keeps diseases at check. Working out has proven benefits over cancer with effective and permanent results. Exercising has shown to give a higher quality of life to reduced rates of recurrence and a longer life span. Your exercise plan should take into account any exercise program you already follow, what you can do now, and any physical problems or limits you have. A study done on a patient in 2016 showed that despite the patient having colon cancer of stage 3, when the patient was put under conditions to working out the growth of the cancer cells seemed to decelerate and the body’s immunity system seemed to fight back and take control much faster and in an effective way rather than subjecting the patient to only medicines and no exercising.

A new study done by researchers showed that after working out in males and females a protein is released by the muscles called Irisin which when came in contact with the cancerous cells of a breast cancer patient seemed to destroy the cancer cells and also reduced the number of malignant cells and their ability to move around freely. The researchers also concluded a study on Doxorubicin, which is a chemotherapy drug usually given to patients with breast cancer and found that Irisin made Doxorubicin more effective at killing the cancer cells. However, experts are still continuing their research on cancer, exercising and the human body to find a more effective cure and also to find out new ways in which the body would react under different circumstances.

What kinds of Exercise can Cancer Patients do?

Experts believe that cancer patients should do aerobics or some kind of weight training which will help them release protein from their muscles. But patients can also do flexibility exercised ranging from so many exercises available to suit their mood and body type, or some light aerobic exercises like walking, jogging, these kinds of exercises help in burning fat and helps in losing weight. Aerobic exercises also build cardiovascular fitness which lowers the very risks of heart attack and stroke.

Patients can even do resistance training which will help in building muscles and lose out fat and help the patient keep fit and keep in shape. It has been seen that after cancer treatment many patients tend to gain more weight and become fat, hence for those patients, resistance training is the best form of training.