Maximizing Exercise in Breast Cancer Survivors

Barbara W. Adkins

exercise, breast neoplasms, survivorship
CJON 2009, 13(6), 695-700. DOI: 10.1188/09.CJON.695-700

Regular physical exercise can maximize physical, mental, and social well-being during and after treatment in breast cancer survivors. An exercise program following cancer therapy is facilitated by instilling a positive attitude toward exercise, confidence in conquering barriers, and a supportive social environment. The purpose of this article is to describe the benefits of moderate exercise in breast cancer survivors and propose a comprehensive approach for the cancer care team in maximizing survivor efforts to improve their physical strength and endurance after completion of adjuvant therapy for breast cancer (surgery, chemotherapy, and/or radiation). A moderate exercise program can help most survivors become more physically and mentally fit and energetic. Understanding factors that prompt the initiation of healthy lifestyle choices among breast cancer survivors is critical to encouraging an attitude of healthy living.

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