Ask An Expert: Cancer and Exercise


Exercise in and around the cancer experience is an important topic. This LIVESTRONG learning opportunity is presented by Marilyn Breedlove, a Certified Cancer Exercise Trainer. Marilyn was inspired to begin this career path after watching her mother go through her cancer experience starting in 2006. “Starting or maintaining an exercise program after cancer diagnosis results in patients who are stronger both mentally and physically concludes a statistical analysis of 24 exercise-related studies,” she said.

“Many of the treatments used to fight cancer can cause negative side effects. Overall, studies have consistently demonstrated that physical exercise following a cancer diagnosis has a positive effect on a patient’s quality of life. This includes increased stamina, functional capacity, strength, self-esteem, improved treatment tolerance, and satisfaction with life in general and decreased pain. Positive psychological changes include decreases in depression and fewer problems with sleeping.”

In 2008, the Y and LIVESTRONG joined together to create LIVESTRONG at the YMCA,
a free 12-week physical activity and well-being program designed to help
adult cancer survivors achieve their holistic health goals. Read more here.

You can watch the video here.

The live chat with Marilyn took place on Tue, June 24, and is now closed.












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