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Exercise beneficial during breast cancer treatment: Study

Written by: QMI Agency
Apr. 14, 2012

Women who are physically active during treatment for breast cancer have less depression and report less debilitating fatigue, according to a recent study conducted by the University of Miami.

"Women who are physically active may also have more confidence in their own ability to continue with family-related, household, work-related, or social activities, which bring meaning and satisfaction to their lives," says Jamie Stagl, the study's lead author. "This may lead to appraisals of lower fatigue, heightened quality of life, and less depression."

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Researchers say they studied the reported physical activity of 240 women recently diagnosed with non-metastatic breast cancer and recruited from four to 10 weeks post-surgery.

While previous studies have shown that stress management improves breast cancer treatment, this one reveals that there are additional benefits for women who are also physically active through treatment, the author says.

"Women who increased the amount of time they spent being physically active between the weeks after surgery and their therapy had less 'fatigue disruption,'" meaning that their fatigue did not disrupt their ability to perform everyday activities, Stagl says.

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