Exercise and Cancer Patients
Studies have shown that cancer patients who participate in a physical activity are better able to cope with their treatment and return to normal active lives sooner than patients who do not exercise. Active patients have more energy and a better attitude – as it was put in one study, “The patients no longer feel like cancer patients.”
Always check with the doctor to make sure that you can start/continue an exercise program, and what types of exercise he recommends. If you are not currently in a program, here are a couple of options:
- If you need physical therapy, we can recommend therapists. Most insurance carriers will cover needed therapy.
- H2U is HCA/Corpus Christi Medical Center’s activity program and features not only exercise programs but also support groups, travel and games. H2U membership is $15 per year and includes most of their programs at no cost and also includes their newsletter/calendar. Some exercise programs that H2U is currently offering (check our support calendar for dates and times):
- Low impact aerobics 3 days/week – free
- Stretch and tone class 1 day/week - free
- Line dancing 1 day/week ($1 per session)
- Bowling 1 day/week ($7.50 for 3 games and shoes)
- Yoga 1 day/week ($20/month)
Some of the H2U exercise programs require a doctor’s release; we have them in our office and can sign them for you.