Doing Exercise FAQs
Surgery, for example, and rehabilitation could affect your ability to exercise. Although mobilising earlier can improve recovery time, over exerting yourself may prevent healing.
Patients undergoing chemo and radiotherapy are usually advised to continue with gentle exercise as it can stimulate your appetite, and help manage fatigue and chemo brain. However, if you are neutropenic (low white cell count), anaemic (low red cell count), or thrombocytopenic (low platelet count), strenuous exercise, or exercising in a gym or outside may be ill advised.
Additionally, exercise, being active, and maintaining a healthy lifestyle has been shown to reduce the risk of some specific cancers such as colon, endometrial and breast cancer.
Your treating doctor or nurse should be able to refer you to a physiotherapist if you think you could benefit from one. Many hospitals and clinics have on-site physiotherapists that specialise in cancer.