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Cancer patients not receiving exercise advice

Cancer patients not receiving exercise advice

Four out of five cancer patients are not receiving information on the importance of physical exercise, a new study reveals.

The survey by Macmillan Cancer Support revealed that of more than 1,000 sufferers questioned, only two in five actually undertook any physical exercise at all.

Around 80% claimed that their GP or clinical nurse specialist did not discuss exercise with them as part of their treatment and recovery, despite recommendations that 150 minutes of moderate intensity physical exercise a week can be beneficial to recovery and quality of life.

Exercise within the recommended levels has been shown to reduce side-effects of cancer treatment, including fatigue, muscle wasting, mobility problems, depression and anxiety.

Jane Maher, Chief Medical Officer of Macmillan Cancer Support and leading clinical oncologist, says:

“It's hard to encourage people to think about fitness during and after gruelling cancer treatment. It’s easier to tell people to rest. But increasingly, many patients will need our help to bust the myth that resting up is always the right thing to do, so they do not miss out on the ‘wonder drug’ of exercise, which can make all the difference to recovery.”


I have just read the above with regards to exercise through cancer treatment
It would very beneficial if a patient was advised that exercise is so important even though going through such a difficult time, however I was never informed of this throughout my treatment
Before I was very active, but when going through chemo the only word ever mentioned was "fatigue"
thought it was all a load of nonsense until one day going through chemo, thought I would hoover at home.
Then it hit me like a sledgehammer, I remember dropping the vac and went to bed to lay down, I lay their for a good 3 hours unable to move as if my legs were paralysed, this continued while on Tamoxifen, some days I could not move all day long
So much for exercise!!
Only recently have I had my medication changed to Letrozole and finally after 2 years I do not ache or have fatigue, now I can plan on exercise.
While I am giving my tuppence worth more importantly patients should be warned about the dangers of being on their own after chemo treatment, i left taps running, started cooking and walked away as i had such a short attention span and memory, not only could i have flooded the house and also burn it down
Their is so much more that patients need information on!!!

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