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Physical activity

Physical activity after a cancer diagnosis

Being physically active before, during and after cancer treatment is safe and can be really beneficial, helping reduce common side effects such as anxiety and tiredness. People who exercise before surgery may also experience fewer complications and have a quicker recovery time. After treatment, exercise can help you to get well and stay well.

Below are some resources to help you stay physically active before, during and after your treatment. Please follow the guidance of your GP or others involved in your healthcare.

Exercise class

Before taking part in an exercise video, make sure you have:

  • Had something to eat and drink recently
  • Taken any medications you require
  • Any inhalers or GTN sprays close by
  • Your RPE scale close by (see download above)
  • A clear space, free from trip hazards
  • A phone nearby in case of accident, or someone in the house to help if needed.

Do not exercise if you feel unable or if you have been advised not to by a medical professional. Yorkshire Cancer Research cannot accept any responsibility for injury that arises as a result of following this guidance.

Being more physically active following a cancer diagnosis is associated with a lower risk of cancer recurrence and a greater likelihood of recovery.

Advanced Wellbeing Research Centre, Sheffield Hallam University
Rob Copeland