Despite everyone’s mighty efforts, the sad fact is that sometimes cancer comes back, and sometimes cancer spreads to other organs. Exercise can be a useful tool in managing the effects of metastatic disease.
According to the American Cancer Society, “In principle, some level of physical activity is desirable for persons with advanced cancer. Physical activity for these survivors, even those who are confined to bed, may help increase appetite, reduce constipation, and counteract fatigue.” .
Exercise produces endorphins, which can be effective in controlling chronic pain. It can increase appetite and help relieve constipation. But maybe the most important benefit of exercise is that it can help reduce anxiety and increase feelings of well-being.
Of course, you must discuss your exercise plans with your doctors, because your disease may limit certain types of exercise.
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- ^ Brown JK, Byers T, Doyle C, et al. Nutrition and Physical Activity During and After Cancer Treatment: an American Cancer Society Guide for Informed Choices. CA A Cancer Journal for Clinicians, CA Cancer J Clin, 2003;53, pp.272-273.