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cancer and excercise

Started by Anonymous on 03 April 2013 at 14:45

I am really interested in the link between cancer and excercise.  I have read that excercising reduces the risk of breast cancer returning but I have also read that it is mostly fit or active women who develop ovarian cancer in a recent study. As I have had both these cancers I am stuck between should I excercise or not? I used to be very fit before the cancer (running 3 or 4 times a week and doing pilates) Now I walk every day but I have joint problems because of the treatment which make me worried about other forms or excercise and whether they will be good or not. Also when I excercise it makes my muscles ache and have pains in my abdomen which remind me of how I felt during chemo and also make me worried that the pains are signs of a cancer recurrance.  So I just wondered it anyone else has felt worried or nervous about excercise like this and any books or links which could be useful.  Most of the literature I have read just talks quite generally about excercise but no detail. thanks. 

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    From SusieQ  
    05 April 2013 at 14:25
    Edited on: 05 April 2013 at 14:56


    Like Robyn, I’ve been trying to find relevant research that might help show the increasing interest in the benefits of exercise in cancer survivorship. I’ve found an interesting article from May last year in the New York times, which has links within it, to a systemic review undertaken by a team of researchers from the National Cancer Institute in America. This reviewed 45 studies that looked at physical activity among people who’d received a diagnosis of cancer. The types of tumours studied included prostate, ovarian, brain, breast and colorectal. As you will see, the results are encouraging. I attach a link to the article, as it seems well balanced.

    Sorry if it sounds a bit academic, but it’s an interesting topic…

    I hope it’s helpful,

    Best wishes


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    From Robyn  
    05 April 2013 at 08:28

    Hello sorry for the delay in replying, I agree a very interesting area of research.  I have been looking for the  ovarian study you describe  but cant find it perhaps you could message me with the details.

    Most of the studies in this area that I have come across  have been  associated with breast cancer.  I’ll keep looking and would be interested to know  others thoughts but the general consensus seems to be  that exercise  (within physical  limits)  offers benefits both during and after cancer treatment in improving mood, fitness and quality of life.  There is a suggestion that there may also be benefits in terms of reducing the risk of recurrence but the studies I read indicated that further research was needed in this area.  As I cant find evidence to suggest that exercise would be detrimental  in the case of ovarian cancer I would  say that  evidence suggests that exercise ( again within physical limits)  will do you more good than harm .  Your specialist nurse/doctor may be able to put you in touch with a physiotherapist who specialises in cancer care who could advise you on the levels of exercise that would be most beneficial to you and how to build up to them. I’ll keep looking for more  information in this area and do let me know how you get on

     Best wishes


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