Friday, February 3, 2012

Guest Post

Hello everyone - today I'm excited to have a guest blogger :) Liz seems very passionate about the benefits of exercise to cancer patients.

Liz Davies is a recent college graduate and aspiring writer especially interested in health and wellness. She wants to make a difference in people’s lives because she sees how cancer has devastated so many people in this world. Liz also likes running, playing lacrosse, reading and playing with her dog, April.

Exercise for Cancer Patients

Being diagnosed with cancer is a life changing event. All patients getting cancer treatment should be told to do three hours of exercise every week. Recent studies have shown that exercising at least two hours and a half per week could reduce a breast cancer patient's risk of recurrence by up to 40 percent. Exercise also helps reduce the side effects of chemotherapy and other cancer treatments.

The New Natural Wonder Drug for Cancer

Scientists refer to exercise as the latest "wonder drug" for cancer. Exercise should be a regular part of lifestyle for all cancer patients, regardless of their age. Several studies have associated physical activity with a reduced risk of breast, colon, mesothelioma, prostate, and endometrial cancers. Research suggests that regular physical activity can improve health by promoting psychological well-being and reducing the risk of premature death. Exercise can is a good thing to turn attention to after receiving a pancreatic cancer or mesothelioma diagnosis, or another cancer with low survival rates since it has the ability to increase mental well-being so much.

Exercise helps maintain healthy bones, muscles, and joints. It also lowers the risk of heart disease and diabetes. Studies indicate that physical activity can reduce the risk of developing colon cancer by up to 40 percent. Exercise may protect against cancer through its role in hormone metabolism, energy balance, and insulin regulation.

Getting active can help cancer patients overcome the effects of the disease and its treatments such as nausea, fatigue, and muscle weakness. Physical activity is safe during and after most types of cancer treatment. Exercising three to four hours a week reduces the odds of dying from breast cancer by over 50 percent. Prostate cancer patients who exercise moderately have 30 percent more changes of recovery.

Exercise Improves Quality of Life

Researchers have found that being overweight after completing treatment increases the risk of cancer recurrence. An understanding of the benefits of physical activity is helpful. People who are fit experience less fatigue, feel happier, and have greater cardiovascular endurance. Even a modest amount of exercise is beneficial and can improve quality of life in cancer patients.

Some cancers, such as neck and gastrointestinal cancers, are associated with body wasting. Exercise can help prevent muscle loss and reduce pain. Studies have shown that physical activity can boost energy after treatment and help patients combat fatigue and nausea. Exercise and diet recommendation for each cancer patient should be based on his age, weight, general health, and type of treatment. Physical activity after a diagnosis of cancer may be beneficial in assisting with energy balance and reducing symptoms. Patients who exercise on a regular basis are less likely to have a cancer recurrence.

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