We've had plenty of past posts about the benefits of exercise for better health with cancer, yet it seems the message isn't being delivered or received as well as it could be.
“Many people associated cancer treatment with needing to rest, but we’re learning that moderate forms of physical activity can not only help patients feel better generally but also, in some cases, potentially improve their cancer outcomes,” said Sally A. D. Romero, PhD, of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York.
The study included 662 cancer patients, with a mean age of 59.9 years; most were female (65%), white (81%), and overweight/obese (65%). The most common cancer in the study was breast cancer (32%), followed by lung/thoracic tumors (15%) and hematologic malignancies (15%). Most patients received chemotherapy (88%), radiation (53%), and/or surgery (53%).
Most patients were more than 12 months from their diagnosis (53%). Since that diagnosis, 75% reported decreasing physical activity levels, while 16% maintained similar levels and 4% increased their activity.
From Cancer Network - requires free registration: cancernetwork.com/survivors...
Photo: One of the benefits I enjoy while exercising is coming across native wildlife, like this swamp wallaby, sadly found in a wildlife enclosure.