Breast Cancer Study Finds Exercise During Chemo Can Become Long-term Habit

Breast Cancer Study Finds Exercise During Chemo Can Become Long-term Habit
Breast and colon cancer patients who exercise during their chemotherapy program are more likely to remain physically active long term than those receiving usual care, a trial shows. Four years after entering an 18-week exercise program, patients also showed a tendency toward being less fatigued. But the difference was not statistically significant. Researchers presented the findings at the Cancer Survivorship Symposium in Orlando, Florida, Feb. 16-17. The poster session was titled “Four-year effects of physical exercise during adjuvant treatment on fatigue and physical activity in breast and colon cancer patients.” “It is well known that exercise during chemotherapy can lessen treatment-related side effects, such as fatigue, pain, and nausea,” Dr. Anne M. May, an associate professor at the University Medical Center in Utrecht, the Netherlands, said in a press release. “Our study is the first to show that people who are physically active during treatment maintain higher levels of physical activity in the long run, and this is really important for their health and well-being," said May, the lead author of the research. The Dutch PACT study (NTR2138) was designed to determine if exercise during chemotherapy could reduce patients' treatment-related side effects. It included 204 breast cancer patients and 33 colon cancer patients who were receiving chemotherapy after having surgery for the
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