Walking and Cancer Treatment

Cancer and its treatment can cause physical changes and dealing with these is often stressful.  Being more physically active can help you cope with and recover from some of these changes. Doctors used to advise people to rest as much possible during treatment but this has changed, we know that too much rest results in loss of muscle strength and leaves you with low energy levels.  Being active during and after treatment can:

  • Reduce tiredness (fatigue).
  • Reduce stress and anxiety.
  • Help look after your bones.
  • Help look after your heart.
  • Help reduce your risk of getting a blood clot.
  • Help keep your weight healthy.

Breakthrough Breast Cancer  estimates women can reduce their risk of developing breast cancer by at least 20 per cent by being regularly physically active.  You should be aiming for at least 30 minutes of moderate physical activity a day, or a total of at least 3.5 hours a week.

Walking qualifies as moderate physical activity, where you are raising your pulse and feeling a little warmer, so it's a great way to potentially reduce your breast cancer risk.

If you’re living with or after cancer and want to make a positive change to your life, this downloadable pack will help you do just that.  

Watch this video to see how being active during and after cancer treatment has helped others living with and beyond cancer. You can also hear what health professionals have to say about the benefits of physical activity.

To discuss this information or for further information, call the Macmillan Support Line free on 0808 808 00 00, Monday to Friday  9am – 8pm or alternatively visit their website



The aim of the plan is to get you walking briskly for at least half an hour on at least five days of the week.