Exercise for people with cancer is an important element that might help to better face cancer treatment side effects. Exercise during cancer treatment is related to an improvement of physical functions, maintained strengths, and enhanced quality of life.

Exercise and Cancer

​Professor John Smyth introduces the importance of regular exercise during cancer treatment.

Physical activity during cancer treatment is important. It's been shown to have many benefits, including improved physical function and enhanced quality of life. Regular exercise helps to:

  • maintain muscle mass, strength, stamina, and bone strength;
  • reduce depression, stress, fatigue, nausea and constipation;
  • improve your appetite;
  • reduce treatment-related side effects such as changes in body composition.

If your disease or treatment necessitates periods of bed rest, then reduced fitness and strength, as well as loss of lean body mass, can be expected. But don’t worry. Physical therapy during bed rest is possible and will help you to maintain strength and range of motion, and reduce fatigue and depression.


NHS Choices (n.d.). Benefits of exercise. Retrieved from http://www.nhs.uk/Livewell/fitness/Pages/whybeactive.aspx