Exercise Might Slow Colon Cancer's Advance
Research – the benefits of exercise and nutrition during cancer treatment
One prospective study of patients with breast cancer found that women who exercised for two and a half hours per week after they had been diagnosed had a 67 percent lower risk of death compared with patients who did no exercise. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18711185
A study of patients treated for stage III colorectal cancer found that among those who remained cancer-free six months after surgery and chemotherapy, physical activity reduced the risk of the colorectal cancer subsequently returning or causing death. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16822843
Harvard Medical School:
“If we could turn the benefits of exercise into a pill it would be demanded by patients, prescribed by every cancer specialist and subsidized by government. It would be seen as a major breakthrough in cancer treatment.” Dr. Prue Cormie
Exercise specifically as an additional therapy for patients undergoing cancer treatment has been well-studied and associated with many benefits. In one analysis of 61 clinical trials of women with all stages of breast cancer, those who underwent an exercise program during treatment had significantly improved quality of life, fitness, energy, and strength, as well as significantly less anxiety, depression, and lower body mass index and waist circumference compared with the regular care groups. In another major analysis of 28 trials involving over 1,000 participants with advanced cancers (including leukemia, lymphoma, multiple myeloma, lung, breast, GI, and prostate), an exercise program during treatment was associated with significantly improved physical function, energy levels, weight/BMI, psychosocial function, sleep quality, and overall quality of life.
Your secret weapon during cancer treatment? Exercise!
Don’t stop moving. Research confirms that exercising can help you not just survive but thrive during and after cancer.
The evidence keeps rolling in: Exercise can be one of your most important cancer treatments