Editorials

Exercise in survivors of cancer

BMJ 2007; 334 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.39134.625012.80 (Published 08 March 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;334:484
  1. Julie K Silver, assistant professor
  1. Harvard Medical School, Framingham, MA 01702, USA
  1. jksilver{at}bics.bwh.harvard.edu

    Evidence so far is promising, yet the optimal programme is unclear

    The benefits of exercise in people with cardiovascular disease are well documented,1 but its effect in people with cancer is less well studied. This is largely because research into the effects of exercise in preventing and recovering from heart attacks and strokes has been studied for much longer.

    In this week's BMJ, a randomised controlled trial by Mutrie and colleagues assesses the functional and psychological effects of a 12 week exercise programme in women with early stage breast cancer.2 It found no significant difference in the primary outcome of quality of life at 12 weeks as measured by the functional assessment of cancer therapy (FACT-G) questionnaire. However, it did find significant …

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