Cancer Exercise

Study: Exercising during chemotherapy can yield benefits for cancer patients

June 15, 2018 - 3:30 am

KYW’s Medical Reports Sponsored By Independence Blue Cross. 

By Dr. Brian McDonough, Medical Editor

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) -- We know that exercise is a valuable tool that we all can use to improve our overall health. Numerous studies have been conducted looking at the advantages of exercise. Now, a new study looking at cancer patients suggests this group should definitely be exercising.  

According to the New York study, cancer patients receiving chemotherapy who followed a walking program for six months had lower blood sugar levels and improved treatment symptoms, compared to a group who only received information about exercise benefits. 

There were other advantages, as well. The group had significantly lower depression and sleep disturbance symptoms as well as improvements in scores for fatigue, energy, current pain, and weekly pain. 

The answer is consistent for all of us: exercise!!