Exercise and Healthy Diet During Treatment for Prostate Cancer of ‘Clear Benefit,’ Study Says

Exercise and Healthy Diet During Treatment for Prostate Cancer of ‘Clear Benefit,’ Study Says
Cancer and its treatment are often associated with a marked decline in patients' physical abilities and quality of life. But researchers are reporting that exercise, both during and after treatment, that is combined with a healthy diet can dramatically improve such outcomes in people with prostate and breast cancer. The findings bring new insights into how aerobic and resistance exercise influence the physical and mental health of patients following cancer treatment. They were recently presented in two separate studies at the American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR) Research Conference, held Nov. 14–16 in Maryland. “The cancer experience — from diagnosis through treatment — has persistent effects that can last for years,” Brian Focht, PhD, a study author and director of the Exercise and Behavioral Medicine Lab at Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center, said in a press release. “As more and more people are successfully getting through cancer treatments, survivors are experiencing significant effects that meaningfully compromise their physical function and quality of life, along with heightening their risk of obesity and other chronic diseases.” Cancer survivors are advised to be active. But, despite this recommendation, little is known about how exercise affects different cancer types or whether patients undergoing treatment also benefit. "What we are seeing in our studies is there are clear benefits to cance
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