November 8, 2010
"To Best Fight Cancer, New Guidelines Urge Exercise"
Kathryn Schmitz, PhD, MPH, an associate professor of Epidemiology and Biostatistics and a member of the Abramson Cancer Center, is quoted in a HealthDay News story about new exercise guidelines for cancer patients. Schmitz led a panel that created the guidelines, based on research showing that exercise is not only safe for cancer patients, but may also improve outcomes. "Evidence is promising that exercise may make cancer treatment more effective," says Schmitz. For example, breast cancer patients doing resistance training were better able to take a full dose of chemotherapy, rather than having to cut the treatment short due to the detrimental effects of chemo on the body, she said. READ MORE
“There’s still a prevailing attitude out there that patients shouldn’t push themselves during treatment,” said Kathryn Schmitz, an associate professor of epidemiology and biostatistics at the Abramson Cancer Center at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and lead author of the new guidelines... Read More
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For people who've had a heart attack or stroke, keeping fit is often part of the road to recovery. Many patients get an exercise prescription along with their initial surgery and treatment.
That's not done as often in cases of cancer.
But an expert panel convened by the American College of Sports Medicine reviewed the evidence on exercise for cancer patients and found overwhelming benefits.Resource Guide for Cancer Survivors Interested in Exercise [PDF]