The Benefits of Exercise for Mesothelioma Patients

Mesothelioma can be a devastating condition, but certain lifestyle changes could improve the standard of living experienced by patients with this debilitating disease. Those suffering from Mesothelioma may greatly benefit from following an exercise routine. A Mesothelioma patient's activity level is one of the key factors that can effect prognosis and treatment options. Since each patient is unique, and since degrees of severity and optimal treatment plans differ from patient to patient, it's important for patients to check with an oncologist before starting any exercise regimen. Some of the benefits Mesothelioma patients could experience if they exercise regularly would include the following:

1. Improved quality of life.

Mesothelioma patients who begin and stick to a doctor-approved exercise plan often enjoy an improved quality of life. Due to the side effects of Mesothelioma treatments and of the disease itself, patients can lose some of their mobility and energy. This loss of mobility can become a vicious cycle, as continued lack of movement can lead to decreased muscle mass, lower energy levels, and higher pain levels, which can lead to even less mobility. Exercise can help lessen these side effects and allow patients to get out of the house more than they would be able to without this beneficial activity

2. Improved mood.

When patients are battling cancer, it's common for them to struggle with anxiety and depression. They often feel concerned about their future prognosis. Dealing with negative aspects of the disease and enduring debilitating side effects from treatment can also take a toll on a patient's mood. Mesothelioma patients struggling with discouragement may find some relief from regular exercise. Reaching exercise goals, interacting with encouraging trainers, and feeling the body release mood-enhancing hormones can all help brighten a patient's outlook. If patients feel like they're possibly suffering from clinical anxiety or depression, however, they should seek help from a qualified physician. 

3. Improved appetite.

Many Mesothelioma patients experience a loss of appetite. Being involved in regular exercise can combat this tendency. Though chemotherapy may have reduced a patient's desire for food or caused nausea, it's important to make sure their food intake is adequate to stimulate and support recovery. When exercising, the patient's body will likely begin to crave more food naturally. 

4. Improved muscle mass.

Regular exercise can add muscle mass to a patient's body. This can help with the other areas already mentioned above. When patients have more muscle mass, they'll have more strength and stamina so they can take part in more regular activities. This can, in turn, help their moods, stimulate their appetites, and give them a better quality of life. 
If patients want to build muscle mass, it's critical for them to perform strength training exercises that target specific muscles.

Exploring complementary treatment options, such as exercise and strength training, can help patients cope with Mesothelioma. For those already undergoing Mesothelioma treatments who would like to see greater improvement, adding regular exercise may help. Those wishing to try exercise and strength training as a complementary treatment should talk to their doctors to find the most effective plan. 



Virgil Anderson is a mesothelioma patient currently undergoing treatment. If you would like to contact him or donate in some way please reach out via email