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Health News 2 Use: Ways to help cancer patients

Posted at 5:26 PM, Jun 06, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-06 18:25:59-04

During this National Cancer Survivor Week, we are looking at ways to help cancer patients.

Our Health News 2 Use partner, Cancer Treatment Centers of America, prescribes exercise. Research shows its the best way to fight fatigue, the number one side effect of treatment.

So CTCA physical therapists in Tulsa focus on increasing muscle and endurance, helping patients maintain strength to keep up their treatments, and recover from them.

"The guidelines for cancer patients is really about 150 minutes a week for moderate intensity exercise. So, if you break that down that is about thirty minutes a day, five days a week," said Shannon Allyson, a Tulsa physical therapist.

Allyson recommends starting off slow. Patients can start with 10 minutes of exercise, three times a day.

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