Exercise Helps in Battle Against Cancer


Guest Commentary
Bobbi Pavlak, Extreme Total Fitness

Battling cancer decreases energy and lowers muscular strength which makes it very difficult to perform daily activities. Exercise can help during and after treatment not only to regain some strength but to also help decrease anxiety and depression. It is important to work with a health professional that can create a specific program to match the patient. Due to the wide variety of this disease, no standard exercise program can be applied.

The latest research out of the Harvard School of Public Health shows that prostate cancer patients who did vigorous physical exercise improved their prognosis. Those who did 3 hours or more a week of vigorous activity, such as jogging, biking, swimming, or playing tennis, had nearly a 50% drop in the risk of death due to any cause and a 61% drop in the risk of dying specifically from prostate cancer.

The research even showed moderate exercise will decrease the risk of dying from any cause. “Physical activity also lowers inflammatory factors and boosts immune function,” noted Stacey Kenfield. If you would like to read more about the research, the findings are online in the Journal of Clinical Oncology at http://jco.ascopubs.org/

Kenfield, Stacey. Physical Activity and Survival After Prostate Cancer Diagnosis in the Health Professionals Follow-Up Study.JCO Feb 20, 2011:726-732; published online on January 4, 2011;