ISLAMABAD: Researchers suggest that exercise may have an added benefit for cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy.
Their work, performed on a melanoma mouse model, found that combining exercise with chemotherapy shrunk tumors more than chemotherapy alone, Health news reported.
“The immediate concern for patients is the cancer but then when you get over that hump, you have to deal with the long-term elevated risk of cardio-vascular disease,” they said.
In lab settings, mice were given an injection of melanoma cells in the scruffs of their necks.
During the next two weeks, two of the groups received Doxorubicin in two doses while the other two groups received placebo injections.
Mice in one of the treated groups and one of the placebo groups were put on exercise regimens while the rest of the mice remained sedentary.
The results found that the mice that both received chemotherapy and exercised had significantly smaller tumors after two weeks than mice that only received Doxorubicin.