I am a thirty year-old living with a brain tumor. I have made it my every effort to keep myself fit. I do this because I understand it to be beneficial for me should I require ongoing surgery in the future. Given my condition whilst on medication, how important is a focus on fitness? Am I putting myself under unnecessary strain or should I continue?
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The American Brain Tumor Association has several articles about exercise. They use words like "sensible" and "moderate". They recommend that you check with your healthcare team before beginning an exercise program. They say that a physical therapist may direct your exercise program, taking into account any specific mobility, strength or balance issues you may have.
Exercise can provide multiple benefits including improving your energy level, mobility, strength, balance, sleep and reduce stress. And according to a 2008 experimental study, exercise can reduce some of the damage caused by radiation. (See Livestrong article.) But as you mention, exercise can also be stressful. So the key is to get the right balance of exercise for you, and that should be directed by your healthcare team. Good luck.