18 November 2022

In response to research published in JAMA Open Network about the benefits of exercise for women recovering from breast cancer, Dr Kotryna Temcinaite, Senior Research Communications Manager at Breast Cancer Now, said:

“Being active can have huge benefits for everyone, including people recovering from breast cancer. These findings add to existing research which suggests that physical activity may reduce the risk of cancer coming back and improve survival – not only for breast cancer but some other cancers too. However, we need more research to understand what frequency and type of physical activity is most beneficial for people after a breast cancer diagnosis and how we can best support them to make it part of their lifestyle.  

“The type of physical activity patients are able to do will depend on the treatment they receive, their recovery and fitness levels. It’s best for people to discuss physical activity plans with their GP or treatment team, as they can advise on which activities are suitable. Anyone seeking information and support about recovering from breast cancer can speak to our expert nurses by calling our free Helpline on 0808 800 6000.”