Cancer patients 'must stay active'

20 July 2012 09:20

Cancer patients must be told about the importance of staying active, Macmillan Cancer Support says

Cancer patients must be told about the importance of staying active, Macmillan Cancer Support says

Health workers must work harder to encourage cancer sufferers to be more physically active, according to research.

Macmillan Cancer Support says remaining active during and after treatment can minimise side effects and could help prevent the disease recurring and claiming more lives.

But the charity's research showed more than a third of 1,098 cancer patients polled were not physically active at all with 80% saying their GPs, oncologists and clinical nurse specialists did not tell them about the importance of staying active.

Remaining active could include continuing a favourite sport or enjoying an active holiday, but people are first urged to get travel cover for medical conditions at a price that's fair with World First, with breast cancer travel insurance among the policies available.

Ciaran Devane, chief executive of Macmillan Cancer Support, said: "This new research shows that the message is still not being passed on to cancer patients about just how important it is for them to keep active.

"We know that people going through gruelling cancer treatment tend to feel out of control and it can be a very frightening time. Knowing what you can do to help yourself and your recovery is both encouraging and helpful."

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