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Cancer and Fitness

Posted - Aug. 31, 2010 at 12:34 p.m.



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For cancer survivors, exercise can provide benefits including improved quality of life and less fatigue.
Hi, I'm Dr. Cindy Haines, host of HealthDay TV.
In times past, doctors often told patients with cancer to rest and steer clear of physical activity. Times have changed, however, and the new message is this: Avoid being inactive. The American College of Sports Medicine put together a group of experts to study the possible risks and benefits of exercise during and after cancer treatment. Their recommendations were published in the journal Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise.
The experts agreed with recent recommendations from the federal government that people with cancer should be as physically active as possible. And getting some activity is better than none. According to the experts, exercise appears safe during and after most cancer treatments. However, issues such as fractures, or infections from equipment at public gyms may be a concern for some cancer survivors.
When cancer survivors work with a fitness trainer, the experts recommend that the trainer learn as much as possible about the person's specific diagnosis and treatment. And, of course, it's important to discuss any exercise plans with the doctor beforehand.
IÕm Dr. Cindy Haines of HealthDay TV, with the news that doctors are reading; health news that matters to you.

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