Bone Marrow Transplant (BMT) Service

Blood and Marrow Transplant: Exercise

Physical Activity

For most people with cancer, regular activity is helpful. It can make you feel better both physically and emotionally.

Some of the benefits of an active lifestyle are:

  • Improved quality-of-life

  • Increased sense of control and well being

  • Decrease fatigue

  • Increased energy and endurance

  • Increased ability to perform normal activities of daily living

  • Less dependence on others

  • Increased muscle strength and flexibility

  • Reduced risk of blood clots

  • Increased ability for social contacts and recreation

Types of Physical Exercise

The amount of activity varies from person to person and may change during and after your cancer treatments. In general, you should start slowly and progress slowly. Chemotherapy can affect endurance and muscle function, and increase your need for hydration and rest. Athletes and others who already exercise may find that they need to modify their exercise program during their treatment.

Consult your doctor before you begin any exercise program to make sure your plan is appropriate and safe for you. Your doctor may suggest physical therapy to plan a specific exercise program.

The Blood and Marrow Transplant program at University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics in Madison, Wisconsin has served adult patients since 1981 and pediatric patients since 1982.