Small steps, big benefits in 2011
Exercising during and after treatment
Small steps, big benefits in 2011 This time of year advertisers promise a “new year, new you”. But many patients dealing with the symptoms and side effects of cancer and treatment just want to feel like themselves again. Whatever your goal in 2011, diet and exercise can certainly help reduce side effects of cancer treatment, improve your mood and increase overall health.
Exercise is particularly important for patients with cancer
Physical activity is crucial to any person’s overall health, but for patients with cancer, even minimal exercise can make a dramatic improvement in health and well-being. Exercise can help:
Starting out small
We’ve all heard the phrase “no pain, no gain”, but adding small amounts of activity gradually into your daily life can have a very positive impact – no discomfort required! Make sure to discuss your unique health concerns and goals with your oncologist, nutritionist or other clinician. They might recommend small steps like:
Need help getting started? Reach out to your oncologist, nurse practitioner, or nutritionist, or call the Survivorship Program at 617-724-1396.
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