-- Robert Preidt
WEDNESDAY, Feb. 1 (HealthDay News) -- Exercise can improve the
health, energy and well-being of cancer patients after they've
completed their main cancer treatment, a new review finds.
University of Hong Kong researchers analyzed the results of 34
clinical trials that examined the effects of physical activity
among adult patients with breast, prostate, gynecologic,
colorectal, gastric or lung cancer.
The study was published online Feb. 1 in
There were an average of 93 patients in each trial, which
included aerobic, resistance and strength training. The patients'
average age was 55, and the training lasted roughly 13 weeks.
Breast cancer patients showed improvements in blood sugar
control, body mass index (BMI) and body weight, physical functions
such as lower limb strength, mental health problems such as fatigue
and depression, and quality of life.
Patients with other types of cancer who were physically active
experienced improvements in BMI and body weight, physical function
such as oxygen consumption and hand-grip strength, depression and
quality of life.
Different types and levels of exercise had specific effects. For
example, breast cancer patients found that aerobic exercise plus
resistance was much more effective on physical fitness, emotional
fitness, overall well-being and fears about breast cancer than
aerobic activity alone.
The researchers also found that younger patients seemed to gain
more benefit from exercise, but said this finding was not entirely
conclusive because younger patients could exercise for longer
periods of time.
The findings show that "quality of life was a clear significant
benefit of physical activity and that clinically, there were
important positive effects on physical functions and quality of
life," the researchers concluded in a journal news release.
The U.S. National Cancer Institute has more about
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