• When you feel bad from daily chemo, is exercise a good idea?

    Asked by Ronhirota on Thursday, September 15, 2016

    When you feel bad from daily chemo, is exercise a good idea?

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    7 answers
    • DoreenLouise's Avatar
      DoreenLouise

      Yes, yes, yes. Clinical studies show that people who exercise while receiving chemo do much better than most folks. I read the studies when I started chemo in December 2014 and exercised daily. It was hard, but I did well, had few side effects and was able to work full time, at a desk job, for the 5 months I received.

      almost 3 years ago
    • LiveWithCancer's Avatar
      LiveWithCancer

      Yes!!! Always, yes!!!

      When I was so, so sick from chemo, I MADE myself walk my dogs. Sometimes, we only made it a couple of blocks, but we walked. I have always believed that the dogs, and resultant exercise, are part of the reason I am still alive.

      almost 3 years ago
    • Ejourneys' Avatar
      Ejourneys

      I believe that exercise and healthy eating helped me tremendously through treatment, including chemo. I received Adriamycin/Cytoxin once every three weeks. On the day of infusion the best I could do was take short walks throughout the house, but on other days I exercised at reduced intensity. After four cycles of A/C I got 12 weekly cycles of Taxol and could exercise on infusion days. I also drank plenty of water, at least 10 glasses per day, which helped get the toxins out.

      almost 3 years ago
    • CAS1's Avatar
      CAS1

      Yes it is. Very very important and even clinical studies have proved it..Do as much as you can and then afterwards reward yourself with good things like a new movie or something you want to enjoy ( just not food because thats a bad habit) but a something nice.

      reward and pamper yourself for going through treatments and for doing the exercise.

      almost 3 years ago
    • kalindria's Avatar
      kalindria

      I'm not a doctor and I don't play one on TV but I feel better when I exercise and chemo is known to make muscles deteriorate. You have to counteract that any way you possibly can and exercise is a great countermeasure. I've also read studies that state exercise helps prevent recurrences.

      almost 3 years ago
    • Ronhirota's Avatar
      Ronhirota

      Thank you everyone.

      almost 3 years ago
    • janec0488's Avatar
      janec0488

      Yes, exercise helps me psychologically and physically. I try to walk 10k steps daily and yoga 2x/week, a bit of swimming too. Best therapy, a great gut rolling laugh.

      almost 3 years ago

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