There has been some recent media attention about the value of exercise for cancer patients. In May 2018, Associate Professor Prue Cormie, an accredited exercise physiologist explained that 26 cancer organisations were calling for exercise to be prescribed to all cancer patients as part of routine cancer care.
See The Conversation – every cancer patient should be prescribed exercise medicine
Anecdotally too, we hear from MPN patients that exercise significantly improves feelings of fatigue, as counter intuitive as that sounds.
A 2023 study in the UK highlights incidental vigorous activity being linked to lower cancer risks. ‘Climb the stairs, lug the shopping, chase the kids. Incidental vigorous activity linked to lower cancer risks’ (article courtesy of ‘The Conversation’).
All of this reinforces existing advice from haematologists that exercise is very beneficial for MPN patients and helps fight fatigue.
Important: Haematologists also caution however to be sure to check with your GP and haematologist before launching on any new programme and start slowly and gently if you have not exercised before or for some length of time.