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Walking, cycling may ease cancer-related fatigue: Study

Published on Nov 16, 2012 8:50 AM
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People who have been treated for cancer often have lingering fatigue, but regular walking or cycling might help boost their energy, according to a United Kingdom (UK) study that looked at more than two thousand people. -- PHOTO: AP

(REUTERS) - People who have been treated for cancer often have lingering fatigue, but regular walking or cycling might help boost their energy, according to a United Kingdom (UK) study that looked at more than two thousand people.

The long-lasting tiredness of cancer patients has been blamed both on the cancer itself, including cancer-related pain, and on the effects of treatments such as chemotherapy. Prior studies point to talk therapy, nutrition counseling and acupuncture as possible remedies.

But light-to-moderate exercise has the advantage of being something people can do on their own time, for little or no cost, said the researchers, whose findings appeared in The Cochrane Library.

"We're not expecting people to go out and be running a mile the next day," said Fiona Cramp, who worked on the analysis at the University of the West of England in Bristol.

 
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