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Why Exercise Should Be Part of Standard Cancer Care

Cancer Patient

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  • New research suggests oncologists are failing to properly advise their patients on the need for exercise, which some cancer organizations now believe should be part of standard cancer care
  • Exercising during and after cancer treatment can reduce your risk of dying from cancer; reduce your risk of cancer recurrence; boost energy; and minimize the side effects of conventional cancer treatment
  • Previous research has shown that breast and colon cancer patients who exercise regularly have half the recurrence rate than non-exercisers
  • Exercise helps lower your cancer risk and improve outcome by normalizing your insulin levels; lowering estrogen and testosterone levels; and improving the circulation of immune cells in your blood
  • Another group of people often discouraged from exercise are those suffering with heart problems, but a Norwegian study suggests even high-intensity interval training can be a safe choice for patients recovering from heart attacks or heart surgery

By Dr. Mercola

Mounting evidence shows that exercise can not only help cancer patients get well but also help keep their cancer from recurring. Yet, few oncologists tell their patients to engage in exercise beyond their simple daily, normal activities.

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