Exercise and Cancer Pain Relief

Physical activity plays an important role in decreasing the risk of developing new or recurrent cancers. Furthermore, exercise can help prevent fatigue and other complications of cancer or treatment.

Many people are aware that exercise can be helpful after a cancer diagnosis but are unsure what kind or how much exercise will be safe for them. They often feel afraid to undertake or return to an exercise program because their bodies feel frail, weak, or just not like they used to, and they don't know where to begin.

Some of the symptoms that exercise and physical activity can help relieve or manage, as it relates to cancer, include:

  • Fatigue
  • Deconditioning
  • Weakness
  • Balance problems
  • Loss of appetite
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Anxiety/depression
  • Weight changes

Exercises that are generally safe for cancer patients include:

  • Stretching
  • Walking
  • Jogging
  • Swimming
  • Resistance training – lifting weights or isometric exercise

To help give you opportunities to increase your level of physical activity, exercise specialists within the James M. Cox Foundation Center for Integrative Oncology and Cancer Prevention offer several classes available for free to patients, caregivers and family members.