Exercise may be key in improving quality of life for patients with cancer, both during the disease and after.
A new study at the Prevention Research Center at the University of New Mexico claims that activities such as walking and cycling are beneficial for those undergoing treatment and individuals who have completed treatment successfully. This is first study to examine the effects of exercise on health-related quality of life in cancer patients. Researchers conducted 56 trails involving 4,826 individuals undergoing treatment for different types of cancer. It was observed that activity improved both quality of life and social functioning. It also reduced tiredness among patients. However, Dr Shiraz l Mishra, lead author on the study, warned: "We need to treat these findings with caution because the trials we included looked at many different kinds of exercise programmes, which varied by type of exercise, length of the programme and how hard the participants had to exercise." Nevertheless, following further investigations the findings have the potential to alter rehabilitation strategies for cancer patients. Find the nearest Barchester care home.