Exercise during treatment could aid breast cancer patients
Aug 9, 2011
Over the past two decades conflicting reports have left the question of whether or not patients should exercise while undergoing cancer treatment relatively up in the air, though new reports could prove physical activity to be helpful in the process, The New York Time reports.
A recent U.K. study titled "Move More," reviewed the results of 60 studies regarding the effects exercise has on cancer. Although it's been a back and forth battle, researchers found that light exercise could actually benefit those fighting the disease.
The report found that those with breast cancer who exercised two-and-a-half hours a week could lower their risk of dying from the disease, or having the cancer come back, by 40 percent.
In the U.S., the American college of Sports Medicine talked with a panel of cancer and exercise researchers last year to develop a set of guidelines on physical activity for patients undergoing different cancer treatments.
For example, they found that those with breast cancer should do shoulder-stabilizing exercises to counteract effects from common operations that can debilitate the joints and shoulders.
Of course all research conducted on the matter says that sometimes patients will be too sick to exercise, at which times it's perfectly fine to take time to rest.