Expert advice for recovery and overall good health
Mary D. Chamberlin, MD Hematology Oncology Dartmouth-Hitchcock Norris Cotton Cancer Center
Q: Should I exercise during cancer treatment and/or recovery?
A. “Exercise is always a great idea and essentially means getting up and moving for the sake of your health, and not to accomplish anything else. Restrictions should be based on your physical limitations only. Getting up and walking an extra loop around the parking lot or hospital waiting room for example, even for just 10 minutes a day, after a few weeks can lead to less fatigue, more energy, a more positive outlook, better digestion, better circulation and less inflammation. The optimal amount to exercise is to work up to and maintain 150 minutes a week of moderate aerobic exercise. That means walking at a pace where you get sweaty and have to breathe more quickly so you can’t finish a sentence without taking a breath. Over and over again studies have shown how important this is to recovery and good health.”
This Q&A is part of New Hampshire Magazine's Pink Power: Breast Health Awareness special advertising section that was featured in the October 2017 issue.