The Use Of Physical Exercise For Cancer Patients

2675 WordsOct 1, 201411 Pages
1) Approximately every two minutes a woman in the US is diagnosed with breast cancer. It is a common form of cancer that affects more than 180,000 women in the US each year.3 2) There is a significant decline in physical activity levels in women after they receive the diagnosis of breast cancer.2 TOPIC OF INTEREST There is sufficient evidence supporting the use of physical exercise as a central element of rehabilitation for many chronic diseases.1 The effectiveness of implementing an exercise program with cancer patients is widely researched. Many studies note that any form of exercise performed has a proven effect to improve both physical and psychological effects associated with patients receiving chemotherapy or radiation therapy for their cancer diagnosis. However, treatment modalities for cancer produce a number of negative side effects in patients, preventing them from participating in an exercise routine. Some of these side effects include: increased fatigue, tiredness, pain, not enough time due to treatment schedule, decreased strength and energy, shortness of breath on exertion, decreased motivation, and decreased concentration.2 Due to these common side effects, most patients are unable to continue a previous exercise program or begin a new program, even though the benefits have been shown to reduce the severity of most side effects experienced. Patients with a diagnosis of cancer report they do not have the necessary information to begin an exercise program while
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