Exercise can be beneficial for individuals with blood cancer, but it’s crucial to approach it with caution and follow safe practices. Here are some guidelines to consider:

  1. Consult with your healthcare team: Before starting an exercise program, consult your healthcare team, including your oncologist and/or hematologist. They can provide personalized advice based on your specific condition, treatment plan, and overall health.
  2. Start slow and gradually increase intensity: If you weren’t previously active or if your energy levels have been affected by treatment, start with low-intensity exercises such as walking, stretching, or gentle yoga. Gradually increase intensity and duration as you build stamina and feel comfortable.
  3. Listen to your body: Pay attention to your body’s signals during and after exercise. If you experience pain, excessive fatigue, dizziness, or unusual symptoms, stop exercising and consult your healthcare team.
  4. Understand your limitations: Treatment side effects, such as anemia, lowered immunity, or compromised bone health, may impact your exercise capacity. Be aware of these limitations and modify your exercise routine accordingly. Adapt exercises as needed to ensure safety.
  5. Engage in a variety of exercises: Incorporate a range of exercises to target cardiovascular fitness, strength, flexibility, and balance. Examples include walking, swimming, cycling, gentle weight training, Pilates, and low-impact aerobics. Avoid high-impact or contact sports that may pose a risk of injury or excessive strain.
  6. Maintain proper hygiene: Blood cancer patients often have compromised immune systems. Practice good hygiene, such as regular handwashing, sanitizing equipment, and avoiding crowded or unclean environments to minimize the risk of infections.
  7. Stay hydrated and nourished: Ensure you stay well-hydrated and adequately nourished before, during, and after exercise. These factors play a crucial role in your overall wellbeing and can support healthy exercise practices.
  8. Pace yourself during treatment cycles: Some treatment cycles may cause fluctuations in energy levels and blood counts. Adjust your exercise routine accordingly, allowing for rest periods and modifying activities as needed during these periods.
  9. Seek supervision and support: Consider working with an exercise physiologist, physical therapist, or certified trainer experienced in working with cancer patients. They can guide you through appropriate exercises and modifications, ensuring your safety and maximizing benefits.

Remember, every individual’s journey with blood cancer is unique. The recommendations provided are general guidelines. Always consult your healthcare team regarding exercise recommendations tailored to your specific circumstances.

By Sue