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Fitness May Boost Survival for Women With Breast Cancer
Date:5/25/2012

s level was severe. One-third of the women studied had a fitness level so low that it may prevent them from doing household tasks, walking up stairs or walking a half-mile.

Some breast cancer survivors' heart and lung function remained impaired for years after treatment ended, which may indicate they will never get back their pre-chemo level of fitness, researchers said.

"Fitness level may be an important biomarker of survival among cancer patients," Jones said. "But the beautiful thing about fitness is that we can improve it with exercise training. Although we currently do not know if improving fitness in cancer patients is associated with longer survival, our data provides initial evidence to pursue this question."

The study was published online May 21 in the Journal of Clinical Oncology.

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The American Cancer Society provides more information on breast cancer survival rates.

-- Mary Elizabeth Dallas

SOURCE: Duke University Medical Center, news release, May 23, 2012


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