A recent article in US News & World Report (10/20, Sternberg) reported on emerging data indicating that it is both safe and beneficial for cancer patients to engage in exercise. While long thought that cancer patients should take it easy or are much too weak to engage in strenuous activity, one specialist suspected otherwise and put his theories to the test.
Lee Jones, an exercise physiologist at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, has been conducting studies in cooperation with Duke University physicians. Some studies have shown that cancer patients who report exercising at higher levels have lower death rates and few recurrences. Other studies indicate that exercise could increase the effectiveness of chemotherapy. Research is still in its infancy, but Jones has 14 studies currently underway.
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