Regular exercise helps with side effects of chemotherapy

December 4, 2013

Dr. Roanne Segal played a major role in a multi-centre clinical trial that found that regular cardiovascular exercise helps breast cancer patients manage symptoms of chemotherapy. The trial, which involved 300 patients in Ottawa, Edmonton and Vancouver, compared three different exercise regimes, each done three times weekly: standard aerobic (30 minutes), high aerobic (60 minutes) or a combination of standard aerobic and weights. The study found that the high aerobic was the best at reducing chemotherapy side effects. The results were published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute. CBC TV Ottawa covered the story, interviewing Dr. Segal, Dr. Mark Clemons and a patient.

Funders: Canadian Breast Cancer Research Alliance

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