How physical activity can improve survival in colon cancer

In a study from Pennington Biomedical Research Center, scientists found physical activity may be linked to improved outcomes for patients undergoing postoperative treatment for Stage III colon cancer.

They assessed 1,696 patients who had undergone surgery and chemotherapy to treat Stage III colon cancer.

The study examined how different types and intensities of physical activity might impact the length of time patients remained alive and disease-free.

Specifically, the researchers assessed the overall amount of physical activity the patients engaged in, as well as the type of activity.

They compared to light and moderate physical activity, vigorous aerobic activity, brisk walking, and muscle-strengthening exercise. The patients were followed for nearly six years.

The team found that larger volumes of recreational physical activity, longer durations of light- to moderate-intensity aerobic physical activity, or any vigorous-intensity aerobic physical activity were linked to the highest chances of remaining alive and cancer-free.

They suggest patients should first identify a physical activity that they enjoy and then refer to the study results to determine how much of that activity is needed to achieve such a health benefit.

Researchers say that healthy lifelong habits can make a difference in cancer survivors’ overall wellness.

This research project provides patients with very specific recommendations on how they can take back some level of control against a disease that often feels overwhelming.

The journal article contains detailed charts outlining the benefits associated with the different types of physical activity and the amount per week that is ideal for achieving disease-free survival.

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The study was conducted by Justin Brown et al and published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology.

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