A recent study suggests that practising exercise on daily basis not only treats and prevents various types of heart diseases but is also highly beneficial for the people living with cancer and cancer survivors.
For the sole purpose of spreading this message worldwide, an initiative which is named as ‘Moving through Cancer’ has been taken by Kathryn Schmitz, who is a professor of public health sciences at Penn State College of Medicine and also a member of an international team of health practitioners and researchers.
Schmitz and her fellow researchers framed new exercises and recommend it for people who are suffering from cancer.
Schmitz, who is also a member of the Penn State Cancer Institute said that there are more than 43 million cancer survivors in the whole world and it is extremely important to look at the growing need of people who are suffering from cancer. Addressing this unique health issue with exercise is a great step towards solving this problem for people who are living with cancer and cancer survivors.
As per the researchers, for the prevention of cancer, exercise is extremely crucial and adding it to your regular lifestyle can lower down the danger of developing various types of cancers like colon, breast, endometrial, kidney, bladder, oesophagus and stomach cancer. Not abiding by this, exercise during the on-going and after cancer treatment not only helps in improving fatigue, anxiety, depression, physical function, and quality of life but also give your mind a new direction of thinking positive which ultimately leads you to the process of healing. Exercising daily also assists in improving survival after detecting a breast, colon or prostate
Obviously, everything depends on the activity levels and abilities of the patient but the researchers suggest that 30 minutes of moderately intense aerobic exercise for the time period of 30 minutes three times a week and resistance exercise for about 20 to 30 minutes twice a week is extremely important in order to cope up with this problem.
Researchers also said that doctors and professionals can also prescribe customised exercises to individual patients as per their stamina and resistance.
“Through our research, we’ve reached a point where we can give specific FITT exercise prescriptions — which means frequency, intensity, time and type — for specific outcomes like quality of life, fatigue, pain, and others” Schmitz said.
For example, if there are some symptoms related to head and neck cancer then a health care professional could give an exercise prescription similar to the medicine that is personalised and customised according to the patient and his symptoms”
Moving Through Cancer
‘The Moving Through Cancer’ website has a registry that can help in programming exercise to cancer patients and can help cancer patient and their families. It can also find various cancer programs near them.