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Article: Exercise Benefits Brain Cancer Patients

Brain cancer patients who are able to exercise live significantly longer than sedentary patients, according to this study.

“This provides some initial evidence that we need to look at the effects of exercise interventions, not only to ease symptoms but also to impact progression and survival,” said Lee W. Jones, PhD, associate professor in the Duke Cancer Institute and senior author of the study.

The study enrolled 243 patients at the Preston Robert Tisch Brain Tumor Center at Duke with advanced recurrent gliomas, lethal brain malignancies that typically result in a median life expectancy of less than six months.

The patients who reported participating in regular, brisk exercise — the equivalent of an energetic walk five days a week for 30 minutes – had significantly prolonged survival, living a median 21.84 months vs. 13.03 months for the most sedentary patients.

Article link: http://www.ivanhoe.com/channels/p_channelstory.cfm?storyid=27245

Research abstract: http://jco.ascopubs.org/content/29/21/2918.abstract?sid=b3709bb7-9d65-4b2f-891f-aeb84799e32a

Source: Journal of Clinical Oncology, published online July 20, 2011

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