Exercise Helps Breast Cancer Patients Avoid Anemia

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Breast Cancer Treatment and Aerobic Exercise

Women undergoing radiation treatment for breast cancer benefit from moderate intensity, regular aerobic activity, according to a new study. Published in the November 15, 2006 issue of CANCER, a peer-reviewed journal of the American Cancer Society, the study found that exercise improved the oxygen capacity of patients and maintained levels of red blood cells during radiation treatment. In contrast, women who did not exercise experienced significant declines in their oxygen capacity. This is the first study to investigate the effect of exercise during treatment.

In the treatment of breast cancer, localized radiation therapy follows local surgical resection of the tumor. Its purpose is to destroy remaining cancer cells in and around the original tumor site. This combination is highly effective in