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Posted 1/14/2016

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  I know, I know. This is a topic that we are all probably tired of thinking about, and I do promise this has nothing to do with New Year's resolutions. As a related aside, have you noticed how many new people show up in the gym in early January and are then never seen again after early February?

  I am a reluctant advocate for exercise. Like many women of my generation, sports were not a big part of my childhood. I took ballet for years; I rode, and I eventually was part of a swimming team. Briefly, in high school, I was on a field hockey team, but I was terrible at it. No one ever talked about the need of exercise in promoting good health or even weight maintenance.

  Things have changed, and my daughters surely grew up being more active and more aware of the importance of physical exertion. We all know that exercise helps keep our weight down, and many women work out solely for that reason (and maybe to try to make their arms looks gorgeous). What has become very clear over the last several years is that regular mild exercise may make a difference in cancer survival. This seems to cross cancer types and be possibly helpful to virtually everyone who is living with cancer. The helpful extends beyond weight maintenance (also helpful) and general sense of well being and energy. Exercise may actually reduce recurrence rates. If that, over time, turns out not to be so, we still will have acquired the other benefits of activity

.From Reuters comes this article; read it and then lace up your sneakers.

Exercise may improve quality of life for some cancer patients

By Lisa Rapaport

 - Exercise may help improve quality of life for some cancer patients during treatment as well as afterward, a new analysis of previous research suggests. Even though physical activity isn’t routinely prescribed as part of usual care for cancer patients, the analysis found a variety of activities such as walking, swimming, cycling and strength or stability training associated with better physical, mental, emotional and social functioning.
“Most patients, oncologists and surgical oncologists assume that patients with cancer should rest, especially if they are treated with chemotherapy,” said study co-author Dr. Arnaud Vincent, a neurosurgeon at Erasmus MC in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. “However, exercise has a lot of beneficial effects in healthy people as we know by now, so why not for patients treated for cancer?
Exercise can always be adapted to the situation of the patient, and even aerobic exercise or breathing exercises can be performed in bed or in a wheelchair,” Vincent added by email.
To assess whether exercise might benefit cancer patients, Vincent and co-author Jasper Gerritsen examined data from 16 previously published studies, most of which randomly assigned some participants to do physical activity and others to receive only usual care.
Cancer types varied across the trials. Five studies involved breast cancer patients, while two focused on people with lymphoma. Six included people with a variety of tumor types.

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And from Cancer Today comes this:


It’s unknown how much exercise is
needed to reduce breast cancer risk.
General physical activity guidelines call
for 150 minutes of moderate-intensity
aerobic exercise or 75 minutes of vigorousintensity
aerobic activity per week, along
with two or more days of strength training.
However, in a study published in the
September 2015 issue of JAMA Oncology,
Friedenreich and her colleagues found
that previously inactive, postmenopausal
women who had 300 minutes of moderate to-
vigorous activity per week lost more
body fat than those who had 150 minutes
of moderate-to-vigorous activity per week
for one year. Participants did not change
their diets.

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