Impact of Physical Activity

Get a Move on Cancer: Impact of Physical Activity in Prevention, Treatment, and Survivorship

There are many impactful benefits to being physically active before, during and after a cancer diagnosis. Unlike many medications, exercise may not only delay cancer progression or recurrence but also improve quality of life and help patients feel better.

Exercise reduces the incidence and severity of many cancer-related side effects such as pain, fatigue, depression, anxiety, and nerve damage. Despite these benefits, it is difficult for patients experiencing cancer to know how to improve their physical activity and functional levels.  

In this Simon Says session, Tarah Ballinger, MD, breast oncologist and exercise researcher, discusses exercise benefits and best practices to help cancer patients participate. Melissa Sherman, MPH, certified cancer exercise trainer and IU doctoral student studying exercise oncology, moderates the event.


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