Clinicians often underutilize exercise and pulmonary rehabilitation as a therapy for lung cancer patients and survivors, but investigators from MUSC Health have found that physical activity is safe, well-tolerated, and beneficial at every stage of lung cancer. Their findings are reported in the Journal of Thoracic Oncology (March 30, 2015). The researchers – Gerard A. Silvestri, M.D., MS, Professor in the Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care, and Sleep Medicine at the Medical University of South Carolina, and Brett Bade, M.D., a Fellow in the Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care, and Sleep Medicine – reviewed more than 100 studies that examined the effects of exercise on cancer patients. “We found that physical activity reduces the risk of cancer development and the symptom burden as the disease progresses,” says Silvestri. The authors advised clinicians to consider physical activity early, counsel against inactivity, and encourage physical activity for patients in all stages of lung cancer and for survivors.
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