Recent research has demonstrated exercise can counteract the side effects of cancer and its associated treatments. In addition, a recent systematic review found patients who exercised after a cancer diagnosis had a lower relative risk of dying from cancer and of having their cancer recur after treatment, in comparison to patients who performed no, or less exercise.
Possible mechanisms for this include (1) improved physical fitness leading to improved tolerance to oncology treatment (meaning patients can have more treatment), or improved recovery from surgery (fewer complications), and (2) biological mechanisms, such as exercise-induced positive changes to the immune and endocrine systems, both of which affect cancer growth.
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Reference: Cormie et al 2017; APA Cancer, Palliative Care and Lymphoedema group members, Five Facts About, Inmotion February 2019, pp. 40