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How does exercise boost the immune system?

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Exercise is key for a healthy immune system. For many people with cancer, it’s also safe. Talk to your doctor about how much and what kind is best for you. Keep in mind there may be times when you should avoid exercise. For example, it isn’t a good idea to work out if you have:

  • Extreme fatigue
  • Low red blood cell count (anemia)
  • Poor muscle coordination (ataxia)
  • Low white blood cell count

SOURCES:

National Cancer Institute: “Immunotherapy: Using the Immune System to Treat Cancer.”

Aging : “Corticosteroids and immune checkpoint blockade.”

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Breastcancer.org: “Cancer Treatments and Their Impact on Your Immune System,” “Exercise During and After Chemotherapy or Targeted Therapies,” “Exercise During and After Treatment,” “Healthy Eating During Treatment,” “Taking Care of Your Immune System,” “What to Know About Diets That Claim to Cure Cancer.”

Cancer Research Institute: “Cancer Immunotherapy: Stomach Cancer.”

American Society of Clinical Oncology: “Understanding Immunotherapy.”

Pflügers Archiv: European Journal of Physiology : “Sleep and immune function.”

Mayo Clinic: “Sleep tips: 7 steps to better sleep,” “Stress Management.”

American Cancer Society: “Nutrition for the Person With Cancer During Treatment.”

Reviewed by Neha Pathak on January 23, 2019

SOURCES:

National Cancer Institute: “Immunotherapy: Using the Immune System to Treat Cancer.”

Aging : “Corticosteroids and immune checkpoint blockade.”

Opdivo.

Breastcancer.org: “Cancer Treatments and Their Impact on Your Immune System,” “Exercise During and After Chemotherapy or Targeted Therapies,” “Exercise During and After Treatment,” “Healthy Eating During Treatment,” “Taking Care of Your Immune System,” “What to Know About Diets That Claim to Cure Cancer.”

Cancer Research Institute: “Cancer Immunotherapy: Stomach Cancer.”

American Society of Clinical Oncology: “Understanding Immunotherapy.”

Pflügers Archiv: European Journal of Physiology : “Sleep and immune function.”

Mayo Clinic: “Sleep tips: 7 steps to better sleep,” “Stress Management.”

American Cancer Society: “Nutrition for the Person With Cancer During Treatment.”

Reviewed by Neha Pathak on January 23, 2019

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