New Cancer Guidelines: Exercise During and After Treatment

Cancer patients should not avoid exercise; they can and should find ways to be physically active both during and after treatment, according to new U.S. guidelines.

The research of Dr. Kathryn Schmitz, which had already research reversed decades of cautionary exercise advice given to breast cancer patients with lymphedema, led an expert panel to developed the new recommendations.

According to Eurekalert:

“Cancer patients and survivors should strive to get the same 150 minutes per week of moderate-intensity aerobic exercise that is recommended for the general public ... Though the evidence indicates that most types of physical activity -- from swimming to yoga to strength training -- are beneficial for cancer patients, clinicians should tailor exercise recommendations to individual patients”.

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