The types of exercises that are helpful for cancer patients must not put too much strain on the body. Such things as taking walks, doing yoga or stretches, and other light exercise is recommended by many physicians. There are certain phases of cancer treatment where exercise only recommended if it is extremely light, such as when fatigue periods of treatment are in effect. Fatigue is caused by medication and radiation to help eradicate the disease, and can leave a patient feeling too weak to undergo very much exercise, except possibly a short walk.
The benefits of exercise for cancer patients are numerous. It can help stimulate and increase the appetite, which is often lowered because of cancer treatment drugs. Exercise can also keep muscles and bones from becoming weak or wasting away. Circulation throughout the body is also improved, and many mesothelioma patients find that their mood becomes more positive if they undertake light exercise a few times per week. The mind and body benefits of yoga is a helpful exercise treatment because it help lift the spirits of the patient, provides meditative benefits, and is not overly stressful on the lungs.
In addition to exercise, it is also important for mesothelioma patients to receive adequate nutrition during their treatment. The combination of a healthy diet and exercise provides the maximum benefits for patients in this situation. Both diet and exercise are considered to be complementary therapies for mesothelioma patients because they help other treatments work more effectively and make the patient feel as good as possible.