Cancer and its treatments can cause physical changes, and dealing with these is often stressful. If you are a cancer survivor, being more physically active can help you cope with and recover from some of these changes. For example, it may help you:

  1. Reduce tiredness

    Feeling so tired that you have no energy at all (fatigue) can sometimes last for months or longer after treatment. Light to moderate activity can improve your energy levels. Gradually build up the amount you do, starting at a pace that works for you. Doing too much too soon may make you more tired. Short walks are good for most people. Some people find activities like yoga, Tai Chi and Qi Gong helpful when their energy levels are low.

  2. Manage stress, anxiety and depression

    These are common problems during and after treatment, but physical activity can help manage them. Physical activity helps our bodies release chemicals (endorphins) that lift our mood and lower stress hormones. Being active with other people – like joining a group or going with friends or family – can really help, as can being active outdoors in a green environment, like a park.

  3. Improve bone health

    Hormonal therapies for breast and prostate cancer, and having an early menopause due to chemotherapy can increase the risk of bone thinning (osteoporosis). Weight-bearing exercises such as walking, dancing or resistance training, help keep our bones strong.

  4. Improve heart health

    Some chemotherapy drugs, such as doxorubicin and epirubicin, may increase the risk of heart problems in the future. Radiotherapy given to the area close to the heart may also affect it. Exercising regularly can help improve your heart health and reduce the risk of these problems developing.

  5. Build strength

    Loss of muscle strength is a common problem during and after treatment, when your muscles aren’t being used as much as usual. It’s also a side effect of taking steroids and is linked with getting older and long periods of bed rest. Strength training helps build your muscle strength.

  6. Maintain a healthy weight

    Steroids (sometimes given with chemotherapy) can lead to weight gain, as can being less active than usual. Keeping to a healthy weight helps improve your health generally and can reduce the risk of getting other health problems. Being very overweight (obese) increases the risk of some cancers, particularly breast, womb and bowel cancer. So being active may also reduce the risk of getting another new (primary) cancer. Keeping to a healthy weight may also reduce the risk of certain cancers coming back.

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Studies have shown that even moderate physical activity can have very positive results for people with cancer, and Evi Patsia, as a certified trainer and therapist, will be able to devise a suitable exercise plan in addition to offering advice about lifestyle changes that can assist you to improve or maintain your physical fitness and to get back to normal day-to-day activities.

I use Movement and Exercise, Aromatherapy, Qigong, Pilates and Stretching, as well as Manual Therapy to facilitate recovery from cancer and its treatment.

Call me at 07722010209, or (020) 7281 3438, or send a message to arrange a free assessment or discuss a treatment plan.


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