Exercise Helps Fight Cancer

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Exercise is, of course, highly beneficial for everyone, healthy or ill. When it comes to cancer treatment, it is well-known that exercising helps cancer patients both physiologically and psychologically.

However, a recent research conducted by a University of Pennsylvania team showed that exercise can do more than that for cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy – it can actually increase the effects of the drugs. The research initially set out to find whether exercise can lower the damage to the heart caused by certain cancer drugs, such as doxorubicin. Instead, they found that in the lab mice who exercised while receiving the drug, the tumors shrunk significantly more, compared to those who didn’t exercise.

This is important as it suggests that, if combined with exercise, cancer treatment may involve a smaller dosage of chemotherapy drugs and thus lead to less side effects, while being just as effective as higher dosages.

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