If you (or a loved one) have gone through bladder cancer treatment recently, hitting the gym might not be top of your priority list. But it probably should be: According to the American Urological Association, patients who complete exercise programs after surgery for bladder cancer have better outcomes than those who don’t. In fact, it even pays to get in shape before treatment. British researchers reported positive outcomes for patients who engaged in intense aerobic interval training before surgery, according to a study in Supportive Care in Cancer.
But how can you exercise safely after cancer and a major surgery? We talked to an oncologist, urologist, and physical therapist to find out.