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Cancer Treatment Should Include Exercise

Cancer Treatment Should Include Exercise


Cancer Treatment Shouldn't Preclude Exercise

For decades, many doctors who treat people for cancer have cautioned patients to take it slow during the course of treatment. Now, the Los Angeles Times reports, several reputable studies suggest that exercise is just as beneficial to cancer patients as it is for the cancer-free. The paper reports that Kathryn Schmitz, an associate professor of epidemiology and biostatistics at the Abramson Cancer Center of the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, headed up an American College of Sports Medicine panel that devised the exercise recommendations based on a number of published studies looking at the safety and effectiveness of physical activity during and after cancer therapy. The panel focused on studies about exercise for people with breast, prostate, hematologic, colon and gynecologic cancers. The Times reports that the panel noted that although most forms of moderate exercise, such as strength training, yoga and swimming, are good for cancer patients, exercise regimens should be tailored to accommodate fitness levels, diagnoses and safety requirements. Schmitz will present the guidelines Sunday at the annual meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology in Chicago.




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