There is a large amount of international research now showing compelling evidence that rehabilitation and physical exercise can have a dramatic effect on a person’s life when affected by cancer, including reducing the side effects of treatment, improving quality of life and prognosis.
Large observational research studies of women suffering from breast cancer show a 50 – 53% increased chance of survival if they undertake regular moderate intensity exercise.
There are also large observational studies showing that 3 hours per week of moderate intensity physical activiy after diagnosis of colon cancer can have a 39 – 59% reduction in death due to colon cancer.
"If there was a drug that produced those results everyone would be taking it,” says Lou James, PINC & STEEL Founder.
"There have been great strides in clinical treatment for cancer, but with little or no rehabilitation and exercise support people often suffer long term effects from cancer treatment which can be a barrier to getting back to exercise, sport and lesure activities people love."
“Exercise has an incredible effect on your body and mind and it can help people shift their focus from illness to wellness."
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Dr Judith Ansell has completed an Evaluation Report of our PaddleOn Cancer Rehabilitation Pilot Programme for the New Zealand Breast Cancer Foundation. To read the full report click here.
Holick et al 2008: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18250341 (abstract)
http://cebp.aacrjournals.org/content/17/2/379.long (full article)