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Aerobic exercise can reduce fatigue in cancer patients

Aerobic exercise can help relieve the fatigue often associated with cancer and cancer treatment, according to a Cochrane review. 

Researchers looked at 56 studies involving a total of 4,068 cancer patients. Half of the studies were carried out in people with breast cancer.

Those with solid tumours benefited from aerobic exercise, such as walking or cycling, both during and after cancer treatment.

Other forms of exercise, including resistance training, did not significantly reduce fatigue.

“Exercise may help reduce cancer-related fatigue and should therefore be considered as one component of a strategy for managing fatigue,” said the researchers from the University of the West of England.

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