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Cancer Rehabilitation Exercise Program Improves Quality of Life in Women

Previous research has demonstrated that physical activity is beneficial for cancer patients and survivors. A study in the Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing examined the impact of a 12-session exercise program on depression, fatigue, physical endurance, muscular strength, and quality of life in women undergoing or following cancer treatment. The study included 20 women participating in a twice weekly exercise program for six weeks. Exercise sessions lasted roughly one hour.

The findings showed that the program significantly improved several endurance and strength metrics including a six-minute walk test, a 30-second sit-and-stand test, and a hand grip strength test. The program also improved overall quality of life. Health clubs provide a safe, supportive place for women to be active after or during cancer treatment, and some clubs offer special programs for people affected by cancer.

Smith TM, Broomhall CN, Crecelius AR. Physical and Psychological Effects of a 12-Session Cancer Rehabilitation Exercise Program. Clin J Oncol Nurs. 2016 Dec 1;20(6):653-659.

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