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Cancer patients should not take care, exercise and exercise help to heal
Cancer patients are often advised to take it more slowly and to protect themselves more. But is that really the right way to deal with the disease? Physical activity offers significant benefits in recovery, researchers now claimed.
When people get cancer, doctors often advise that those affected should make their lives quieter. Sports and exercise are then often neglected. But that could be exactly the wrong way to deal with the disease. Doctors have now explained that physical activity can help healing and regeneration. Cancer Research UK experts published some advice on how cancer patients can use physical activity and exercise to help them recover.
Physical activity increases the chance of survival in cancer
In the past, cancer patients have often been advised to slowly and calmly recover from their illness. Those affected should avoid physical activity and protect their bodies. However, this view seems to have been wrong. Cancer patients will not be helped if they take everything slowly, warned the British experts. Relatives and acquaintances, in particular, would have to support the patient to remain physically active during treatment and recovery. This increases the chances of survival among those affected, the researchers explained. A growing body of evidence suggests that physical activity helps to endure the often devastating effects of cancer treatment, such as fatigue, depression, and heart damage.
Movement also reduces the risk of the disease getting worse or coming back. In addition, physical activity can help reduce cancer deaths, the scientists from Cancer Research UK report. Current research shows that the risk of recurrence and fatal consequences in breast cancer patients can be reduced by up to 40 percent by performing recommended physical activities. Nevertheless, family and friends would rather put someone with cancer to rest than encourage the sick to exercise more, the experts fear.
Physicians should motivate cancer patients to exercise and exercise
It is common to explain to cancer patients that they need to take care of themselves, although it is now known that this is not the best way to treat the disease, according to the British doctors. Support from family members and friends can play an invaluable role in helping the sick find their way back to a normal life. Exercising is a very important part of our recovery from cancer, the scientists emphasize. Family and friends should support those affected on their long journey to recovery. Prof. Jane Maher, oncologist at Macmillan Cancer Support, said that she always advises her own patients to be physically active, regardless of whether they are still in the middle of treatment or are on the mend. Every person is different, but doing some exercise or walking could make a big difference for people with cancer, the expert explains.
As medical professionals, we play an important role in advising people with cancer and for this reason we have to advise those affected to exercise, Maher continues. The fact that exercise helps treat cancer is now increasingly recognized. The doctors explain that the role that exercise can play in the promotion and support of people with cancer should not be underestimated. The present study results are evidence enough and should not simply be ignored. Moving can save people's lives. And that is exactly the message that we should send to those affected by this terrible disease, emphasizes Prof. Maher. (As)