"Exercise is important for everyone, but there is evidence that shows it might be especially important for cancer survivors." — Jennifer Ligibel, MD
Studies suggest that cancer survivors who exercise regularly may feel better, have less fatigue, and experience fewer symptoms after treatment, compared to those who do not get regular exercise. Researchers at Dana-Farber continue to explore just how exercise can benefit cancer patients and survivors, including lowering the risk of a cancer recurrence, but the bottom line is: it helps. Even light activities, such as a daily walk, can provide benefits.
The American Cancer Society recommends that cancer survivors get 30 to 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous exercise at least five days each week. Here are some suggestions for fitting exercise into your day:
Before starting any exercise program, be sure to check with your physician.
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