Exercise and cancer
Research shows that exercise benefits most people with cancer during and after treatment. Being active can help manage some of the common side effects of treatment, speed up recovery, and improve your quality of life. Exercise for people living with cancer should be tailored to suit the type and stage of cancer and any side effects.
Before taking part in any exercise program, either during or after treatment, it is important to talk to your oncologist or general practitioner (GP) about any precautions you should take.
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Ask your treatment team
It’s a good idea to ask your treatment team about taking part in an exercise program. You may be able to see an exercise professional at your cancer treatment centre, or your GP may be able to refer you to an exercise physiologist or physiotherapist. You should also take this opportunity to talk to your oncologist or general practitioner (GP) about any precautions you should take before you start exercising.
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