Too lazy to go to the gym? Or are too tired to make out? A new study should motivate you to great physical activity, especially for people with cancer of the gastrointestinal tract. A recent study showed that Jogging or walking three to five times a week for thirty to fifty minutes a day, can help patients with cancer of the gastrointestinal tract to better deal with these side effects of chemotherapy like loss of sensation, weakness, fatigue, diarrhea and infection. Those who regularly practice physical exercises along with chemotherapy, endure it easier and also face less risk of relapse later. Moderate activity also reduces the toxicity of chemotherapy.
The side effects of chemotherapy often make patients to stop therapy or reduce the dose of drugs. According to the research of German scientists, regular exercise not only increases muscle mass but also functional properties such as speed of walking, balance and leg strength.
Stressing that moderate physical activity may even help to reduce the toxicity of chemotherapy, Katrin Stucher, doctoral student at the Goethe University Frankfurt in Germany, said in the report about the study: “our results are important because especially because of the serious toxic effects of chemotherapy, patients with cancer of the gastrointestinal tract often reduce the dose or even stop chemotherapy altogether.”
Stutcher further adds: “We believe that in the future it makes sense to offer patients to practice physical exercise during chemotherapy. Not to depend on the vagaries of the weather, in cancer centers can be created gyms.”
A report on the study published in the journal JAMA Oncology shows that exercise can be more effective to reduce fatigue in cancer patients than drugs. The researchers analyzed the results of 113 unique studies involving more than 11,000 patients. According to researchers, fatigue associated with cancer can be the result of chronic inflammation caused by disease or its treatment, forcing people to stop halfway.
A similar conclusion was recently made in a study conducted by the National cancer Institute in the USA, in which researchers analyzed the data of self-reports of physical activities in 12 American and European cohorts of people and compared them with the health of these people. The 17-year study included 1.4 million participants who had identified 186 932 cases of cancer within. Researchers found that higher levels of physical activity were associated with lower risk 13 of 26 types of cancer – esophageal adenocarcinoma (42%), liver (27%), lung (26%), kidney (23%) of the gastric cardia (22 percent) and endometrial (21%).