Regular exercise can reduce breast cancer treatment side effects

Regular exercise can reduce the side effects of treatment for advanced breast cancer, including fatigue and pain, as well as improve cardiovascular health and quality of life, according to new research.

Led by the University of Porto in Portugal, the new research suggests that women with advanced breast cancer can benefit from a tailored exercise plan, including aerobic and resistance training.

Eduardo Oliveira, professor of exercise physiology at the University of Porto, said that although the benefits of exercise are generally well established, very little is known about its effects in patients with advanced breast cancer.

He explained that these are women who may be suffering from severe pain and fatigue, making it “difficult to live a normal life”. It may also be difficult for them to begin an exercise programme without help and support, he said.

However, Mr Oliveira went on to say his team has “demonstrated that these women are able to take part in a well-planned exercise programme and that there are measurable benefits to their health and well-being”.ADNFCR-2094-ID-801841872-ADNFCR