Exercise for Cancer Pain Relief

Physical activity can play an important role in decreasing your risk of developing new or recurrent cancers. For those undergoing cancer treatment or in recovery, exercise can help prevent fatigue and other complications of cancer or treatment.

What Is the Best Type of Exercise for Cancer Patients?

Many people are aware that exercise can be helpful after a cancer diagnosis but are unsure about 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.

Exercises that are generally safe for cancer patients include:

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

How Can Exercise Help Cancer Patients?

Some of the cancer-related symptoms that exercise and physical activity can help relieve or manage include:

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

If you’re interested in learning more about exercise for cancer pain relief, talk with your doctor. Our classes are available for free to Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center patients, as well as caregivers and family members.