Prescribing exercise helps in treating cancer patients. The latest study has shown that exercise can not only prevent many heart diseases, but it can also play a role in the prevention and treatment of cancer. So, it is highly useful for people living with and beyond cancer. The journal “CA: A Cancer Journal for Clinicians” has presented this study.
Exercise can prevent and treat various types of cancer
To spread the message about the beneficial effects of exercise, researchers have initiated a program called Moving Through cancer. While an international team of researchers and health practitioners has collaborated with Kathryn Schmitz to lead this program.
Kathryn Schmitz is one of the professors of public health sciences at Penn State College of Medicine. And is also a part of the Penn State Cancer Institute. In this study, Schmitz and her fellow researchers have outlined the new recommendations for exercise that will help people living with and beyond cancer.
Schmitz said that globally, there are over 43 million cancer survivors. So, there is an increase in the need to address the unique health problem faced by people living with and beyond cancer. Its also necessary to better understand how exercise helps in treating cancer patients.
Besides this, he also said that the aim of this esteemed and multidisciplinary group of leaders at the exercise oncology is to translate the latest scientific proof into practical guidelines for the public and clinicians. This team also works to create a worldwide impact by a unified voice.
According to the research team, exercise is important for preventing cancer. Also, it can reduce the risk of developing breast, colon, endometrial, esophagus, stomach, kidney, and bladder cancers.
Exercise is also beneficial for treating cancer patients. Exercising during and after the cancer therapy can help in improving anxiety, fatigue, depression, quality of life, and physical function. Additionally, it is also helpful in improving survival chances after the diagnosis of breast, colon, or prostate cancer.
Based on the activity level and the abilities of patients, researchers mostly suggest 30 minutes of moderately intense aerobic exercise three times per week. Whereas the recommendation for the resistance exercise is 20 – 30 minutes, twice a week.
But Schmitz said that health professionals can also customize the exercise prescription of individual patients. The study has helped researchers to reach a point where they can provide specific exercise prescriptions for specific outcomes like pain, fatigue, and quality of life.
Whereas, the FITT exercise prescriptions include type, intensity, frequency, and time of exercise. These recommendations are findings of a team of experts formed by the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and Schmitz.
The team reviews the latest scientific data and offers recommendations regarding the use of exercise for control, cure, recovery, and improved survival of individuals living with and beyond cancer. Schmitz said that the second piece of the initiative is programs and resources that help get people with and beyond cancer moving.
The website Moving Through Cancer has an exercise program registry. That can help families, patients, health care providers, and other programs near them. While, according to Schmitz, the final piece is policy. That will help in increasing the chances where health providers talk to their patients about exercise.