It is important to ‘keep moving’. Being physically active can improve the side-effects of treatment and prevent long-term side-effects. Before starting an exercise program chat with your medical team particularly if you have bone cancer or if you have any persistent treatment-related side effects, such as lymphoedema (swelling caused by a build-up of lymphfluid), shortness of breath, nerve damage, skin irritation, fatigue or pain.
Just 30 minutes per day of moderate walking can help boost mood and reduce stress. Some days will be harder than others so you may need two exercise plans, one for your good days when you feel up to it and another for bad days when just a few light exercises or a walk around the house is all you can manage. It is important not to stress about if you have or have not exercised for the day.
If you are going out to exercise take a phone with you in case you become fatigued or unwell and if possible, let someone know when you will be back. Better still walk with a family member or friend.
If you experience pain or pressure in your chest or pain down your arms, severe shortness of breath; dizziness or fainting, irregular or unusually rapid heartbeat, nausea and/or vomiting, extreme weakness or extreme fatigue while exercising, stop the activity immediately and call for urgent medical assistance.
For more check out Cancer Council Victoria.
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