Cancer and its treatments can cause physical changes such as reduced energy levels and fatigue as well as low mood and anxiety.

In the past, doctors would advise people to rest as much as possible during treatment but that has changed. Evidence now shows that simple physical activity can reduce many of the side effects of cancer treatment and also the risk of recurrence in some cancer by up to 60 per cent.

Being active during and after treatment can:

  • Reduce tiredness and fatigue
  • Reduce stress and anxiety
  • Improve your mood and alleviate depression
  • Help look after your heart and bones
  • Help keep your weight healthy
  • Improve your sleep patterns

Physical activity can help you make a positive change to your life. You may be a little nervous about building up your activity levels, particularly if you haven’t been active for a while. You may feel too tired or just not know where to begin.

However, being active carries fewer risks than being inactive.

FORCE is now able to offer an individual assessment with an experienced Oncology Physiotherapist. You will receive advice and practical help and be signposted to appropriate exercise programmes, other healthcare professionals or community services.

Everyone is seen individually so even if you are not particularly mobile or have concerns about other medical conditions, you can still exercise safely.

If you are interested in individual advice or an exercise programme, get in touch with our Oncology Physiotherapist Louise Ballagher.

Albert Folley from Exmouth explains how joining the Get Active with FORCE programme, offered free of charge by FORCE Cancer Charity, changed his life.

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Where to get active with FORCE

There are eight-week exercise programmes run by fitness instructors specially qualified in cancer rehabilitation in Exeter, Exminster, Crediton, Okehampton, Ottery St Mary, Axminster, Barnstaple, Exmouth, Cullompton, Tiverton and Honiton.

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