Cancer

Why is exercise important for cancer survivors?
The benefits of exercise during and after treatment are outlined in the table below. There is also a growing body of evidence that indicates exercise after diagnosis may improve long-term survival rates, at least in breast and colon cancer.
Preservations or improvements

  • Muscle strength, mass and power

  • Physical functioning

  • Range of motion

  • Immune function

  • Chemotherapy completion rates

  • Body image, mood and self esteem

Reductions

  • Duration of hospitalisation

  • Psychological and emotional stress

  • Depression and anxiety

  • Number and severity of symptoms and side effects reported (e.g. pain, fatigue, nausea)

  • Chronic heart failure