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If I’m receiving treatments for breast cancer, can I still exercise?

by Christine Hensel Triantos
For most breast cancer patients undergoing radiation treatment or chemotherapy, moderate exercise isn’t just acceptable, it’s encouraged. Exercise such as walking or resistance training can heighten energy levels, enhance cardiovascular health, strengthen muscles, and boost self-esteem. It can also help decrease anxiety, depression, fatigue, and possibly even the risk of breast cancer recurrence.
Generally, your goal should be to stay as active as possible. The intensity and frequency of exercise will vary among patients, though moderate walking is usually considered safe for most women. If you haven’t been physically active recently, you’ll want to start a program slowly, …