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4.24.08

Lifewatch: Exercise and Cancer

WILMINGTON -- Getting exercise may be the last thing on the mind of a person undergoing cancer treatment.

But, a new study says working out can help with the fatigue that comes with battling cancer. 

28 studies were reviewed, and the findings were published in a peer review journal.

The studies looked at exercises like walking and stationary bike riding.  They measured the length and intensity that patients were able to handle.

For now, walking for 30 minutes, 3 to 5 times a week, seemed to help patients reduce fatigue during and after treatment for cancer.

Researchers believe that working out will play a key role in oncology, just as it does in cardiac rehab.

Click here to learn how to exercise properly during cancer treatments.  You can also read about cancer survivors who have designed exercise programs specifically for cancer patients.

 

Reported by Kristy Ondo

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