Often cancer patients ask me why exercise needs to be integrated into their management.
Research studies at The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center have demonstrated that exercise confers “the ability to reduce risk of spread of breast, colon, glioma, ovarian and prostate cancers” The question is: what are the biochemical changes that take place during exercise. An excellent 2015 study by Bigley and Simpson published on the per reviewed journal Discovery Medicine has proven that connection: exercise is a simple strategy for enhancing the anti-tumor cytotoxicity of natural killer cells (NK-cells) needed for cancer immunotherapy,
Other researchers have demonstrated through randomized controlled trials that there is a net beneficial effect of exercise on quality of life, anxiety and self-esteem. The data also pointed to the fact that through exercise, there is a significant reduction of insulin growth factor (IGF), which plays an important role in cell proliferation, antiapoptosis, angiogenesis, and metastasis.
In both our Clinics, we offer individualized exercise routine designed to meet the ability/strength of each patients. Programs can vary from very mild (but significant changes) to more complex routine. Blood sugar levels are monitored as ongoing care.