Are you having back pain with any of the following?

  • Severe pain, weakness or tingling in your leg(s).
  • Difficulty stopping urination or loss of control of bladder or bowels.
  • Unexplained fever, nausea or vomiting.
  • A history of cancer or unexplained weight loss.

We understand that you are experiencing one or more of the health issues that might be impacting your back pain.

We recommend that you discuss these health issues with your doctor before proceeding with this program.

Once you are cleared by your doctor to do this program, we hope it helps you find relief from your back pain.

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Dr. Pan and Dr. Lee's Blog

Exercise and Cancer

Aug 01, 2011

By Janet Smick, PT and Kathe Hickey, PT


As you go through your cancer treatment, it’s not unusual to experience fatigue, muscle weakness, discomfort, and a decrease in your overall ability to handle daily tasks. Some patients may also experience a decrease in their psychological, spiritual, and social well-being. Research shows that gentle exercise can help counteract both the physical and emotional setbacks and improve your quality of life. 

If you already exercise on a regular basis, try to continue to do so as much as possible, though you may find you have to lower the intensity of your current program depending on how you feel. If you don’t currently exercise, be sure to start slowly and gently with simple stretching and short walks.

Need some ideas of how to incorporate exercise into your daily routine? Here are some suggestions, along with the benefits you can experience for your overall health:

  • Gentle walking and cycling are examples of aerobic exercises that stimulate the cardiac system and help combat fatigue and weight gain.
  • Strength and resistance training—such as lifting weights or using resistance bands—increases muscle strength and endurance and can improve your ability to perform daily tasks.
  • Balance exercises help promote strength and help counteract possible side effects of treatment, such as fatigue and muscle weakness.
  • Stretching exercises help you regain your normal range of motion and improve flexibility of joints and muscles.

KP.org has more information about ways to incorporate exercise into your day as well as local exercise or movement classes near you.

Living Strong Living Well has a twelve-week small-group strength and fitness training program designed for adult cancer survivors. This program is sponsored by the Stanford Health Improvement Program and the YMCA. You may call 650-725-5014 or email joycehanna@stanford.edu to register.


Additional References and Links:

Destination health: Stopping cancer before it starts

Focus on cancer prevention, screening, treatment, and research

2019 "Eat Well, Heal Well Live Well" Resources and Educational Session Links

Resources and educational links for our 2019 Seeds of Hope.

2018 Healthy Body, Healthy Mind Resources and Educational Session Links

Resources and educational links for our 2018 Seeds of Hope.

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