Undergoing Chemo? Get Moving to Protect Your Heart

Experts say you should try to squeeze exercise into your chemotherapy schedule. Here’s why, plus how to make the heart-healthy practice easy and fun.

Woman jogging on the beach during her cancer treatment.
    • Chemotherapy statistics: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2019). "Preventing Infections in Cancer Patients."

    • Stat about recommended exercise: National Health Statistic Reports. (2018). "State Variation in Meeting the 2008 Federal Guidelines for Both Aerobic and Muscle-strengthening Activities Through Leisure-time Physical Activity Among Adults Aged 18–64: United States, 2010–2015."

    • Benefits of exercise in cancer patients study: European Journal of Preventive Cardiology. (2019). "The benefits of exercise in cancer patients and the criteria for exercise prescription in cardio-oncology."

    • Heart disease benefit of exercise: MedlinePlus. (2019.) "Benefits of Exercise."

    • News release from the European Society of Cardiology.

    Stephanie Stephens

    Stephanie Stephens


    Stephanie Stephens is a very experienced digital journalist, audio/video producer and host who covers health, healthcare and health policy, along with celebrities and their health, for a variety of publications, websites, networks, content agencies and other distinctive clients. Stephanie was accepted to THREAD AT YALE for summer 2018 to author and produce an investigative series. She is also active in the animal welfare community.