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Cancer Care: How Regular Exercise May Help Seniors Before, During, and After Sarcoma Cancer Treatment

Vanessa Valerio

Senior Caregiving

Jul 28, 2023

5 min read

Cancer for seniors presents numerous challenges, but one aspect that should not be overlooked is the importance of exercise. As we enter Sarcoma Awareness Month, it is essential to shed light on the benefits of exercise for seniors battling sarcoma. Incorporating exercise into their daily routine can profoundly impact their physical and mental well-being.

Research shows that exercise is safe and helpful for most people before, during, and after cancer treatment. Physical activity may help seniors cope with the side effects of treatment and decrease the risk of new cancers in the future. Incorporating exercise into daily life provides a sense of normalcy and routine, helping seniors maintain their independence and a positive outlook.

Before Treatment

Physical activity before treatment may help seniors handle and recover from their treatment more easily. Engaging in activities such as walking, light resistance training, and gentle stretching exercises can help maintain muscle strength, flexibility, and overall physical resilience. Sarcoma often affects the bones, making it crucial to prioritize bone health. Weight-bearing exercises and strength training can help maintain bone density, reducing the risk of fractures and supporting overall bone health.

During Treatment

It is crucial for seniors to collaborate with healthcare professionals and exercise specialists to design safe and effective exercise programs tailored to their needs. Exercise during treatment should be at a lower intensity, with the goal of staying active. While rest is necessary, appropriate exercise can counteract fatigue and boost energy levels. Low-impact activities like walking or gentle yoga can invigorate the body and improve overall vitality. Previously sedentary seniors may start with short, slow walks and gradually increase activity levels.

After Treatment

Seniors battling sarcoma may experience heightened levels of anxiety and depression. Exercise has been proven to alleviate these symptoms by stimulating the release of endorphins, which elevate mood and reduce stress. Engaging in regular exercise can provide a natural and empowering means of managing the emotional challenges associated with sarcoma. It is of utmost importance to slowly increase exercise time and intensity as the side effects of the treatment lessen.

Treatment effects may vary among individuals, and personalized recommendations from professionals ensure safety and effectiveness. Seniors with sarcoma and their caregivers must listen to their bodies and exercise within their limits. Balancing exercise with sufficient rest and recovery is essential for seniors with sarcoma. It allows the body to heal and recharge, promoting overall well-being.

As Sarcoma Awareness Month unfolds, we must recognize the transformative power of exercise for seniors battling this relentless disease. By embracing exercise, seniors fortify their bodies, nurture emotional resilience, and redefine normalcy in the face of Sarcoma. Collaborating with healthcare professionals and cultivating support systems amplifies the benefits of exercise. Let us empower seniors battling Sarcoma to harness the profound effects of exercise, forging a path of strength, hope, and well-being as they navigate their Sarcoma journey with determination and grace.

With love and care, Vee & Dee

Vanessa Valerio


Vanessa Valerio

Chief Operating Officer

Passionate about living life and loving people fully. Has an adventurous spirit and an unusual craving for mangoes. Her mantra: Always be loving and kind.

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