Even when many colon cancer patients beat the disease for the first time, up to a third of them experience a cancer recurrence, which is often fatal.
The impact of different types and intensities of physical activity on disease recurrence and mortality in colon cancer survivors was unknown prior to this investigation. Patients are encouraged by current clinical recommendations to avoid inactivity.
The type of activity that can help colon cancer survivors
“Colon cancer survivors are generally best off avoiding inactivity. However, many patients want specific guidance on the types of activities that can maximize their cure. This study gives oncologists and their patients specific information about the exact type of operation that will be most helpful in their goals of cancer-free survival,” said Dr. Justin Brown, Director Director of the Pennington Biomedical Cancer Metabolism Program, who led the study, said. “What we found was that greater amounts of recreational physical activity, longer durations of mild to moderate aerobic physical activity, or any other intense aerobic physical activity have associated with the highest chance of cancer-free survival.Patients should first identify the physical activity they enjoy and then refer to research findings to determine the necessary level of activity. that to achieve such health benefits.
The study was carried out as part of an ongoing National Cancer Institute (NCI) trial testing several pharmaceutical treatments for colon cancer patients who have undergone surgery. The patients lasted about six years.
“We were fortunate to be able to carry out this study as an arm of the NCI study. By doing this study in the NCI trial, we removed many of the limitations common to previous studies to allowing us to look at what would benefit the patient and what might not,” Brown said.
“We know that healthy lifelong habits can make a difference in the overall health of cancer survivors,” said Pennington.
The journal article includes comprehensive graphics explaining the advantages of different forms of physical activity and recommended weekly dosing for disease-free survival.