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Exercise Can Relieve Symptoms of Cancer

Posted Apr 13 2012 5:44am

This is a guest post by Liz Davies.

Exercise is the one thing that can improve mood, quality of life and health all at the same time. Those who exercise feel more confident, better about themselves and more like they are living a fuller, happier life. Exercise is good for the heart, the mind, the soul and the body. Those that are healthy benefit from exercise by staying healthy. Those that are sick benefit from exercise by getting healthy. In particular, exercise is especially good for those that are suffering from cancer, including breast cancer, prostate cancer and even rare forms such as mesothelioma cancer. 

Undergoing any type of cancer treatment is difficult on a person’s body; there are a number of side effects, such as fatigue, nausea and depression. While exercise won’t cure cancer, it will relieve the symptoms that so many people suffer from cancer treatment. For example, exercise creates endorphins and hormones that build the immune system, which helps fight illness and disease. When a person’s immune system is built up, they have an easier time handling the treatments that are used to beat cancer. Additionally, those same hormones are feel good hormones that improve a person’s mood. When a person is in a better mood, they have a better chance of handling their treatment better. 

In fact, exercise can alleviate the nausea, fatigue and depression that people suffer from when undergoing cancer treatments. The overall effect that exercise has on the health helps cancer patients to feel less sick from treatments and all around healthier. This improves quality of life, which is crucial to those suffering from cancer.

A woman that was undergoing treatment for breast cancer was experiencing all of the above mentioned symptoms from her treatment. She was miserable and felt hopeless; when her doctor suggested that she exercise she felt even worse. She didn’t enjoy going to the gym and felt helpless. However, her doctor suggested she take up a form of exercise she enjoys and try to spend 20 minutes a day doing it. He suggested riding her bike, talking a walk or even swimming in her pool. He even suggested that her husband sign up for those couples dance lessons she’d always wanted to take because that is also considered exercise. Within days of starting dance lessons, she felt the nausea subside, her fatigue lesson and her depression lift. She’s never felt better and she now lives a full life; cancer free.

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. If you would like to contact her she can be reached at healthylizd@gmail.com .

 

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