Creighton Research Suggests Exercise Helps With Chemo

October 14, 2019 - 2:21pm

Low-intensity exercise can make a noticeable difference for cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy, a new study suggests.


Creighton University researchers found activities, like dog walking or yoga, slow tumor growth and strengthen protection against chemotherapy.

Eric Bredahl, professor of exercise science, said the research could help improve cancer patients’ quality of life.

“This is something that you don’t have to go out and buy," Bredahl said. "It’s just simple recommendations that we know will lead to a beneficial effect. These recommendations can be used by anybody in any stage of the cancer treatment process.”

Because not all cancer patients are able to exercise, Bredahl said his team of under graduate students is starting to research Creatine, a supplement sometimes used by weightlifters, as an alternative treatment for cancer rehabilitation.

 

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