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How can I remain physically and mentally active during cancer treatment?

Nimesh P. Nagarsheth, MD
Gynecologic Oncology
In my practice, I encourage patients (and their families) to hold onto the structure and routine that they had in their life prior to their diagnosis as much as possible. This applies to both mental and physical (exercise) routines. Although lifestyle changes are inevitable when cancer is diagnosed, I encourage patients to pursue the basic life activities that make them happy and comfortable. Holding onto things in life that are familiar will provide a source of stability during this difficult time.

In terms of physical activity, one strategy I have found particularly successful with my patients who may be feeling weaker (due to the effects of cancer or their cancer treatment) is to substitute more strenuous activities with less strenuous activities. For example, if you were running three times per week prior to your diagnosis and/or treatment, consider walking three times a week for the same amount of time. As you build your strength, slowly incorporate running into your activity schedule.

In terms of mental activity, whenever possible push yourself to actively use your mind. For instance, instead of passively watching television, consider more interactive puzzles, word games (such as a daily crossword puzzle), or even video games. Exercising the mind and the body will help you to remain healthy.
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