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Physical activity and cancer

Physical activity

Being active before, during and after treatment for cancer can have a significant positive impact on your recovery, overcoming symptoms and preventing the recurrence of cancer.

At all stages of treatment, being more active can:

  • improve cancer-related fatigue
  • help with depression and anxiety
  • improve sleep quality
  • improve quality of life
  • improve cardiovascular fitness
  • improve cognitive function
  • improve muscle strength
  • help joint pain
  • reduce hormone/metabolic dysfunction
  • help body composition
  • reduce post-op complications
  • help lymphoedema
  • help sexual function

This section outlines the activities and support available to help you to be active following your diagnosis.

Exercise and cancer additional links


Active Suffolk Presentation

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