Health Exercise improves the quality of life for cancer patients

Exercise improves the quality of life for cancer patients

One in every two males and one in every three females in Australia will be diagnosed with cancer by the age of 85. Between 2008 and 2009, Australia spent an estimated A$4,526 million on diagnosing and treating cancerous and non-cancerous tumours.

Surgery, chemotherapy and radiotherapy have advanced in reach and effectiveness but their side-effects can be tough to endure. These include psychological, social and physical conditions, such as depression and reduced fitness and strength.

To improve cancer recovery and reduce health care costs, experts emphasise the importance of exercise before and after surgery.

A considerable number of studies support this theory, showing the role that moderate intensity exercise plays in helping to alleviate often debilitating physical, cognitive and emotional effects of cancer and reducing the symptoms of treatment.

Despite previous research that urges patients to rest before surgery, researchers at Edith Cowan University ask patients to exercise prior to surgery to get into the best physical shape for recovery.

More research is needed to fine-tune how much exercise can give the best outcome at different stages of cancer treatment. But the key for now is to take that first step and get to exercising.

Read more here: Edith Cowan University.