Exercise Helps Chemotherapy

Monday, October 21, 2013 - 6:10pm

October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, and a new study shows that exercising may have positive effects on chemotherapy.

Chemotherapy is a treatment many patients must go through in order to stop the growth of cancer cells. The American Cancer Society is an advocate of exercise during treatment.

A new research shows exercise has a role in improving the mental and physical well-being of patients.

According to Dr. Vaukelja, "We are very excited to start these studies. We have known the benefit of exercise for a while now, we have lots of solid data. Actually there's new data from Duke University that talks about the increased sensitivity of the cancer cells to chemotherapy".

Dr. V tells KETK there is an increased rate of survival by 50%. However, this particular study is still being tested.

Melody Thomas is a patient currently undergoing treatment from, "Fit Steps for Life". Part of her positive outlook on her breast cancer treatment stems from exercising.

According to the specialists at Fit Steps for Life, this specifically helps eliminate nausea,  fatigue,  and weakness.

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