The Importance of Physical Activity For Breast Cancer Patients
So many benefits are given when doing physical activity. Not only people who are in good health, but people with certain diseases are also advised to do physical activity. Breast cancer patients are one of them. As quoted by BBC News on Saturday (15/3/2014), women who suffer from breast cancer are advised to get used to doing physical activity. New National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) revealed that the physical activity of women who have cancer will not worsen their body condition. Even with physical activity, their health condition will improve. 1 out of 5 people with breast cancer will be at risk of lymphoedema in the arms, hands, fingers, or even the chest. Lymphoedema is a swelling caused by the re-forming of lymph fluid on the surface of the tissues in the body. This swelling can occur after undergoing surgical removal of breast cancer or radiation therapy that damages the lymph node system. According to Prof. Mark Baker, director of NICE, lymphoedema is one of the possible side effects of breast cancer patients get after surgery or radiotherapy in the treatment of cancer . This condition can last for a long time so it can give pain to the patients. And to overcome this pain, Baker advise breast cancer patients to do physical activity called can help them if have to live with lymphoedema. However, lymphoedema persists in the body of breast cancer patients and affects the movement of the body
Lymphoedema will not disappear completely, but can still be controlled. That is what is needed (control). And with physical activity, patients can control lymphoedema, “” said Jackie Harris, nurse specialist at Breast Cancer Care, USA
Doctors and nurses should discuss the benefits of this physical activity to the patient. So that patients can know that physical activity can be of great benefit to their lives, “” Baker said. As for the physical activity referred to in this case is simple physical activity but done routinely. Simply by performing simple movements on a daily basis, physical activity can reduce the harmful risks posed by lymphoedema
The important thing is routine done. If you want to do additional physical activity is also okay, because it will also be useful. For example, to overcome the swelling of the arm that can disrupt the movement of the body, “” said Harris.
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