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Exercise & cancer treatment.

One of the most uplifting and inspiring moments in sports history was the vision of Lance Armstrong winning what is probably the most grueling of all athletic events, the Tour de France. Armstrong's win came on the heels of diagnosis, surgery, and chemotherapy for testicular cancer, and throughout it all, Armstrong kept cycling.

With over eight million cancer survivors, researchers are now studying quality of life issues for patients in treatment. Overwhelmingly studies have concluded that exercise has a positive effect on physical and functional well-being and treatment of side effects, as well as psychological and emotional well-being of cancer patients. For someone who enjoys being active, having cancer could have the double blow of taking health and exercise away. Not only does that not need to be the case, but continuing to exercise can help in multiple ways.

(Annals of Behavioral Medicine, 1999, Vol. 21, No. 2, pp. 171-179)
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Title Annotation:positive effects of exercise on cancer patients
Publication:Running & FitNews
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Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Mar 1, 2000
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