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Study: Early supervised exercise reduces fatigue, improves strength for women after breast cancer diagnosis

from PT in Motion

A new study from the Netherlands is lending more support to the value of exercise during the early stages of adjuvant treatment for breast cancer. Researchers say that a combination of supervised strength and aerobic training not only reduces fatigue, but helps patients actually increase muscle fitness during the first 18 weeks of treatment. While researchers had anticipated that fatigue levels would drop for the exercise group, they were surprised to find that the exercise program not only offset the deconditioning effect of chemotherapy and other adjuvant treatments, but actually increased muscle strength. more

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