Exercise benefits colon cancer survivors

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oncologynews.com.au ovarian cancer exerciseSource: Rob Payne – Science WA.

Colon cancer survivors who engage in moderate- to vigorous-intensity exercise have a significantly higher health-related quality of life, according to recent research.

They were also found to have less fatigue, fewer colorectal cancer-specific symptoms and increased feelings of wellbeing.

University of Western Australia expert Dr Terry Boyle says the Canadian-Australian study is the first to objectively measure physical activity in this context, with participants wearing an accelerometer.

The accelerometer is significant as self-reporting is prone to measurement errors resulting in incorrect information, thus biasing results.

On average, study participants spent 28.5 minutes per day doing moderate- to vigorous physical activity, with the lower quarter doing less than 12 minutes and the highest quarter averaging 39.9 minutes per day.

They assessed health-related quality of life using the FACT-C (Functional Assessment of Cancer Therapy-Colorectal), a 34-item questionnaire covering physical well-being, social/family well-being and colorectal cancer-specific symptoms.

They found significant differences in FACT-C scores between the upper and lower quarters, with those at the top coming in nine per cent higher.

Dr Boyle says this variance is “clinically significant”.

“This means that if an individual’s quality of life or fatigue score was to change by that much, it would have a noticeable and meaningful effect on their daily life,” he says.

“The take-home message is that physical activity is an effective way for survivors to improve quality of life and reduce fatigue.”…read more.


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