How Physical Therapy Helps Women Battle Breast Cancer

Recent studies showed there are benefits to starting physical therapy at the beginning of cancer treatments, instead of at the end.

They also show that exercise stimulated the immune system and relieved stress.

CBS 6 reports:

Donna Shell never thought she would get to the point where she could exercise while battling breast cancer. Shell, 72, was diagnosed with Stage 4 breast cancer in 2014. She had a lumpectomy and then radiation. After doing an MRI, doctors discovered the cancer had spread to her bones.

“I couldn’t walk after the surgery (lumpectomy). I was in excruciating pain,” she said. “You’re just so depressed. Cancer is a bummer.”

Despite her pain, her doctor referred her to physical therapy.

Her first day, she arrived in a wheelchair. Months later, Donna can walk and workout on her own.

“It gives you more energy. I don’t understand the physiology of it. It certainly gives you more energy to do things,” Shell said.