The “treatment” of the patient with cancer is normally in surgeries, chemotherapy, radiation, immuno-modulation and hormonal suppression. While these therapies can lead to passive or substantially prolong the healing time of survival, can also result in various problems, including loss of physical performance, a reduced resistance, cognitive deficits and chronic fatigue, severe. To reduce the severity of these symptoms, usually patients with cancer are advised to rest and avoid intense physical efforts.
This condition perpetuates the lack of activity, the body was made for movement, and, consequently, the reduction of physical performance, more dependency, mental thing! In recent years several studies evaluated the effects of exercise on physical performance and the mood of patients during and after treatment of cancer. These studies have shown that physical activity can lead to a reduction of the side effects of cancer treatment, for better physical ability, reduced fatigue and better quality of life. So but …
…The “ugly swan” of therapies in dialogue with cancer is exercise, mainly with the additional loads, strength training. This is important for several reasons:
1. Reduction of inflammation. Studies have proven that exercise can be directed to correct specific deficits of patients undergoing surgery and chemotherapy or radio. The practice of exercise, especially strength training, does produce chemokines group miokine (potent mediators of inflammation, or regulators for the ability to recruit and activate specific leukocyte subpopulations), with protective effect and anticancer;
2. Combat catabolism (degradation) resulting from inflammation. Cardiotoxic agents, pulmonary fibrosis, immune system weakened and treatment with glucocorticoids accumulate in our body. The strength training promotes the increased muscle mass creating anabolism (contrary to catabolism), protective effect on the level of disease in general. The strength training, on the other hand, can improve cardio performance, muscle function and coordination, resulting in an increase of strength and exercise capacity, important for the patient’s autonomy;
3. Loss of Weight. Cancer cachexia, involuntary loss of skeletal muscle, as well as the mass of adipose tissue due to cancer, leads to weight loss, a reduction in the quality of life, in answer to a higher rate of mortality and morbidity. The extent of the weight loss is dependent on the type of tumor and occurs in 30-80% patients, being an important prognosis, and greater weight loss coincides with a higher rate of tumor mortality. However, in order to effectively treat cancer patients is necessary to understand the molecular mechanisms leading to atrophy of skeletal muscles, but also the hypertrophy. The strength training is the most effective in dialogue with decreased muscle mass;
4. Energy Competition. During the inflammatory process, the tumor needs our energy – glucose (primary energy source). One of the ways we fight is to make exercise. When you do exercise, especially strength training, the muscle needs glucose due to depletion of glycogen. Thus, we are directly deprive the tumor of glucose.
The other two forces:
5. Training of Inner Strength. The Eastern people call it Qi! Strengthen our internal energy, our “inner fire” is as important as the outermost muscles strengthen. Shiatsu, Reiki, Qigong, Yoga, Qiong and others. The aim is that the entire force come from inside and we have more sensitivity to energy level;
6. Mental Force. It is very important to the attitude that we have at this difficult time and be well accompanied psychologically is priority, the most important practice of “strength”. You need to see the cancer like something, is not a alien, it’s in your body, maybe an opportunity to review our life. The “fault” of “having cancer” may not be completely our but most are: lifestyle, genetics, nutrition, training, rest, pollution, connection with nature, motivation, human relations, and other life goals are not to neglect. Grab the chance!
Smile to life, be Strong!
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