Exercise for Chemo Induced Neuropathy.

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A new study reported at the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) annual meeting reported that some simple and inexpensive exercises can reduce neuropathy in hands and feet due to chemotherapy. In the study of over 300 cancer patients researchers compared the neuropathic symptoms (shooting or burning pain, tingling, numbness, and sensitivity to cold) in patients who took part in a specialized six-week walking routine with gentle, resistant band training at home to those who did not exercise. Results showed that the exercisers reported significantly fewer symptoms of neuropathy and the benefits seemed to be most beneficial to older patients. The exercise program used was developed by Karen Mustian at the University of Rochester and is known as the Exercise for Cancer Patients (EXCAP) which as been copyrighted and evaluated. In one recent study it was shown to reduce chronic inflammation and congnative impairment amon people receiving chemotherapy.

One researcher said “Twelve years ago when we started this work a lot of people saqid it was not safe for most cancer patients to exercise. Now we know it can be safe when done correctly, and that it has measurable benefits. But more exercis ins’t always better for patients who are going through chemo-so it’s important to continue our work¬† and find a way to personalize exercise iun a way that will help each individual.”¬† More research is planned.

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