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Exercise Associated with Longer Survival after Brain Cancer Diagnosis


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People with brain cancer who are able to exercise live significantly longer than those who are sedentary, scientists at the Duke Cancer Institute report. The finding, published the Journal of Clinical Oncology, adds to recent research that exercise improves how people with cancer feel during and after treatments, and may also extend their lives.

Although the study was not designed to test whether regular exercise actually causes longer survival among people with brain cancer, it established a strong correlation that could give doctors and brain cancer survivors a more accurate prognosis of long-term survival. Study participants who reported engaging in regular, brisk exercise – the equivalent of an energetic walk five days a week for 30 minutes – had significantly prolonged survival.

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This article was published in Coping® with Cancer magazine, September/October 2011.