Cancer and Exercise Therapy

If you have been diagnosed with cancer, you probably have not thought about establishing structured exercise in amongst your appointments, medications and other responsibilities. Treatments for cancer can have significant detrimental effects on the human body with some side-effects including:

  • Fatigue
  • Loss of Range of Motion/Function
  • Muscle Wastage
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Weight Loss/Gain
  • Hormonal Imbalances
  • Anxiety and Depression
  • Loss of Quality of Life
  • Loss of Bone Density

These complications can often leave us so deconditioned when the treatment is finished, returning to normal life can be extremely complicated. Current research show that exercise prescription has significant benefits for the recovery and quality of life of patients during and after treatment.

Catalyst: Exercise and Cancer

Season 17, Episode 14.

Catalyst looks into how targeted exercise can help fight cancer and meets a group of cancer patients that is experiencing extraordinary benefits from prescribed targeted exercise programs.