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Exercise can make cancer therapy less effective

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Patients who experience physical or psychological stress, including rigorous exercise, one or two days before a cancer treatment might be unconsciously damaging their therapy, according to new research.

American scientists suggest that stress in the body, even physical stress caused by intensive exercise, activates a stress sensitive protein that can spark events that allow cancer cells to survive treatments such as chemotherapy and radiation.

The study analysed breast cancer cells.

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