NACES - Phyical Activity
Welcome to the Physical Activity and Cancer Branch
  • Welcome
  • Stories
  • Introduction
  • MW the Body - Medicine Wheel Leaf "Body": Physical Health Benefits of "Normal" Weight
  • Benefits - Benefits specific to breast cancer survivors
  • Elders - Elders and Physical Activity
  • ACSM - American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) Roundtable on Exercise Guidelines for Cancer Survivors
  • MW the Mind - Medicine Wheel Leaf "Mind": Mental Health Benefits of Daily Physical Activity
  • MW Emotions - Medicine Wheel Leaf "Emotion": Emotional Benefits of Daily Physical Activity
  • MW the Spirit - Medicine Wheel Leaf "Spirit": Spiritual Health Benefits of Daily Physical Activity
  • WHO - World Health Organization
  • Get started - How to get started
  • Questions
  • Glossary - Glossary / Definitions
  • Authors

  • Physical activity is good to do. This leaf shares many of the good outcomes of daily exercise. These are for all people. But cancer survivors have even more important benefits.

  • Most physical activity research is done with breast, prostate, and colon cancer patients. These studies show that activity can reduce many side effects of cancer. Patients with cancer other than those types of cancer also may benefit.

  • Cancer survivors seldom get enough physical activity while going through their treatment. But, some activity is better than none. Physical activity helps reduce fatigue, memory loss and other side effects.

  • Cancer survivors who have physical problems should check with their provider before beginning physical activity. Patients need to be careful for safety issues and use common sense.
  • Some questions to ask yourself. These are the Physical Activity Readiness Questionnaire (PAR-Q):
    1. Has your doctor ever said that you have a heart condition and that you should only perform physical activity recommended by a doctor?
    2. Do you feel pain in your chest when you perform physical activity?
    3. In the past month, have you had chest pain when you were not performing any physical activity?
    4. Do you lose your balance because of dizziness or do you ever lose consciousness?
    5. Do you have a bone or joint problem that could be made worse by a change in your physical activity?
    6. Is your doctor currently prescribing any medication for your blood pressure or for a heart condition?
    7. Do you know of any other reason why you should not engage in physical activity?

    If you answered "Yes" to one or more of the above questions, consult your doctor before starting to take part in physical activity. Tell your doctor which questions you answered "Yes" to. After a medical exam, ask your doctor what type of activity is okay for your current condition.

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