A new study in the British Journal of Sports Medicine finds that exercise can improve quality of life for cancer patients both during treatment and afterward. A variety of activities, including walking, swimming, cycling, and strength training, was associated with better physical, mental, emotional, and social functioning for the study participants.
The study examined records of 877 cancer patients, some of which were assigned to do physical activity while the others received only usual care. Cancer types varied from breast cancer to lymphoma to tumors. The frequency of exercise also varied from two to five times per week. However, significant improvements were reported in relation to fatigue, physical functioning, self-esteem, and more among the exercise group. In addition, participants who started fitness routines during treatment of the cancer had greater outcomes than those who waited until after treatment to begin exercising.
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Source: Gerritsen J, Vincent A. Exercise improves quality of life in patients with cancer: a systematic review and meta-analysis of randomised controlled trials. British Journal of Sports Medicine, doi:10.1136/bjsports-2015-094787. Published online Dec 30, 2015.