Moving to Recovery: How Exercise Helps Cancer Patients

April 16, 2012

Philadelphia Magazine

Philadelphia Magazine's Be Well Philly blog examines the role of exercise in helping cancer patients avoid side effects during and after treatment. Kathryn Schmitz, PhD, MPH, associate professor of Biostatistics and Epidemiology, says new research shows that exercising while undergoing cancer treatment — particularly chemotherapy — helps with cancer-related fatigue. The extent to which the healthy cells in a patient's body are taken care of will have a huge impact on a person’s ability to have a good quality of life after the treatment, Schmitz says. “What I can guarantee those cancer survivors is that there are decades of research that show us that individuals who are more physically fit withstand any type of medical treatment better than someone who is overweight and sedentary,” Schmitz says. “You recover faster, you withstand treatment better, all of your healthy cells are ready. They’re in fighting shape." Read More

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