#LCSM Chat Topic 4/10: “Exercise During and After Lung Cancer Treatment”
The next #LCSM Chat will occur Thursday April 10 at 8 PM EDT (5 PM PDT) and will focus on “Exercise During and After Lung Cancer Treatment.” Our moderator will be Janet Freeman-Daily.
Exercise is known to improve quality of life and reduce recovery time, fatigue, sleep issues and depression in cancer patients. A recent study indicates high-intensity exercise during cancer treatment can have many benefits. Some facilities now offer pulmonary rehabilitation after lung cancer treatment to help patients recover lung capacity more quickly. Others offer fitness classes that adapt a fitness program based on the cancer survivor’s individual health situation. Even walking a bit each day can make a difference.
We’ll use these topics to stimulate the conversation:
- T1: What kinds of exercise and rehab activities are helpful during and/or after lung cancer treatment?
- T2: How can lung cancer patients learn about exercise and pulmonary rehabilitation options?
- T3: How can caregivers, family members and healthcare providers encourage a lung cancer patient to exercise without “pushing”?
Guidelines on how to participate in an #LCSM Chat can be found on the “#LCSM Chat” page of the #LCSM website. Hope to see you on Twitter!
Cure Magazine: Lung Cancer and Exercise?
“…exercise may also have important benefits for lung cancer patients and survivors, regardless of disease stage or limited physical activity, also called “de-conditioning,” which can cause the heart and muscles to regress and become less efficient.”
University of Colorado Hospital: Pulmonary Rehab Helps Patients Battle Back from Lung Disease
“The goal is to help patients recover as much as of their lung capacity as possible. That not only improves their quality of life; it helps prevent return trips to the hospital. ‘Physical reconditioning is the biggest part of recovery,’ ….”
Exercise for the management of cancer-related fatigue in adults (PubMed)
“…aerobic exercise can be regarded as beneficial for individuals with cancer-related fatigue during and post-cancer therapy, specifically those with solid tumours.”
High-Intensity Exercise Best During Lung Cancer Therapy (Medscape)
“High-intensity exercise during treatment for nonsmall-cell lung cancer can be more effective than the same program after cancer treatment”
Physical activity preferences of early-stage lung cancer survivors (PubMed)
“The majority of participants reported a desire for physical activity advice and a willingness to engage in physical activity.”