Cardio-Oncology: Cancer Treatment and Exercise

What Increases Your Risk?

Other Factors

Other health considerations may factor into whether you start an exercise program.

Your pre-cancer activity level or fitness.

The more active and physically fit you were before your cancer diagnosis, the more you may be able to do after a cancer diagnosis. However, this is not always the case. Make sure you ask your oncologist if it’s safe for you to return to your pre-diagnosis exercise program.

Your current condition and energy levels.

Energy conservation is important — especially if you are feeling fatigued. Although it is important to challenge yourself, it is similarly important not to over-do it! 

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Published: September 2018
Authors: Scott C. Adams, PhD; Lee W. Jones, PhD; Jessica M. Scott, PhD
Medical Reviewers: Peggy Anthony; Jennifer Klemp; Bonnie Ky, MD, MSCE, FACC

These modules were developed in collaboration with the Eastern Cooperative Group—American College of Radiology Imaging Network (ECOG-ACRIN) Cardiotoxicity Working Group and Patient Advocacy Group.

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