As many cancer patients know, battling the chronic disease can have an energy-zapping effect on life, causing lowered muscular strength and functional capacity to perform everyday activities. An exercise program can be a helpful way for cancer patients, both during and after treatment, to regain fitness and decrease anxiety.
The most crucial part of an exercise program when cancer is involved is working with a health professional who can tailor a specific program for the patient. When dealing with chronic disease, many variables can come into play, so no one standard of exercise prescription can be applied. Many cancer exercise programs focus on increasing fitness for the whole body, as well as using exercise to combat depression and increase self-confidence.
Additional information on exercise and cancer recovery:
American Cancer Society
Exercise and cancer Q&A, from the American Cancer Society