Cancer and exercise

Exercise can improve heart health in cancer patients, study finds

June 26, 2018 - 3:00 am

KYW’s Medical Reports Sponsored By Independence Blue Cross. 

By Dr. Brian McDonough, Medical Editor

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) -- It is not earth shattering news to talk about the benefits of exercise in the fight against heart disease, but a report from Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York has found that exercise therapy not only helps in the recovery from cancer, but it also is even more likely to improve heart health in cancer patients. 

Here is the most interesting result: certain people who exercise may actually require less cancer fighting medication than those who are not exercising. 

So, how much exercise is the correct amount? 

Thirty to 45 minutes, three times per week. 

Obviously, the type of exercise should be determined along with your physician who is treating you for cancer.