Cancer patients and survivors: get exercise, not rest

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Last year, the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) convened an expert panel to decide what advice to give to cancer patients and survivors concerning exercise. This summer, that panel has released its findings.

Contrary to prior advice that patients should get plenty of rest, the new message is to avoid inactivity, even during anticancer treatments, since ongoing research points to exercise as having a substantial impact on both quality of life and physical functioning.

WHERE WAS THIS RESEARCH PUBLISHED?

The July 2010 issue of the journal Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise.

By Ross Bonander

Additional reading
The New York Times, "Get Moving: Cancer Survivors Urged to Exercise"

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