Exercise Therapy for Breast Cancer Recovery

Exercise can improve your physical and emotional well-being during treatment and recovery.

It’s understandable if a daily workout is the last thing on your mind during breast cancer treatment. But exercise can have a positive impact on your physical and emotional well-being during treatment and recovery.

Our radiation oncology researchers collaborated with the Heart and Vascular Institute to design an exercise therapy program for cancer patients in treatment and recovery.

The Exercise and Cancer Integrative Therapy Education (ExCITE) program was the first of its kind in Michigan. It’s now available to patients with breast cancer or prostate cancer.

How does the ExCITE program work?

After a doctor refers you to the program, exercise oncology specialists will determine your baseline function and develop a personalized exercise plan based on your needs and capabilities. If you are currently undergoing treatment, we’ll design an exercise plan to maximize response to treatment and minimize side effects. The ExCITE program includes:

  • Fitness assessment
  • Individualized exercise plan
  • Small-group or individual personal training exercise sessions (separate fee)
  • Exercise instruction class for cancer survivors ($25 fee)

What are the benefits of exercise therapy?

If you didn’t regularly exercise before your breast cancer diagnosis, you can increase energy and improve your quality of life by starting an exercise routine. If you were active before, continuing your routine will maintain strength and remind that you cancer can’t affect every part of your life.

Breast cancer patients who participate in the ExCITE program report many benefits, including:

  • Decreased anxiety and depression
  • Decreased side effects of cancer treatment (such as nausea or hot flashes)
  • Greater sense of control
  • Improved body composition and weight control
  • Improved energy and decreased fatigue
  • Improved functional capacity, muscular strength, flexibility, and endurance
  • Increased state of well-being
  • Lower risk of heart disease
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