Improving quality of life during cancer treatment
Fighting cancer is the biggest priority for people when they have been diagnosed with the disease. After the initial shock of diagnosis has worn off, patients can then take their first steps towards recover y.
According to the Mayo Clinic, stress, pain and fatigue can severely
ter cancer treatment. What’s more, family members caring for patients also may experience diminished
strategies during and after treatment can help both cancer patients and their caregivers. Cancer Society says physical activity has been linked to a 24 percent decrease in breast cancer coming back, and a 34 percent decrease in breast cancer deaths.
Exercise also can affect balance, control weight, improve self-esteem, strengthen bones, lessen the risk of blood clots and reduce nausea and fatigue.
Cancer patients also can benefit from therapies that promote the reduction of stress and anxiety. The Mayo Clinic studied formal sessions that promoted physical therapy, coping strategies or addressing spiritual concerns, and deep breathing or guided imagery to reduce stress. Those who engaged in these therapies showed marked improvement at a critical time in care.