We know exercise is good for us. But what about exercise during chemotherapy for people with advanced lung cancer? It's an important question - having experienced chemo myself. Sometimes exercise is the last thing we want to do.
Among those who participated in the program, not only did muscle strength improve, but these people also experienced a significant improvement in emotional well-being.
I've had many people remark to me that exercise helped them cope during chemo - even though they had to push themselves. It's nice to see that, at least in this small study, what I've heard anecdotally seems to be supported by research.
Research in the past has shown that exercise may go beyond an improvement in emotional well-being and actually increase survival for some people with lung cancer. And, thankfully, it didn't require marathon training, but simple activities that may be tolerable even amidst the symptoms of cancer and its treatments.
Quist, R. et al. Safety and feasibility of a combined exercise intervention for inoperable lung cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy: A pilot study. Lung Cancer. 2011 Aug 2 (Epub ahead of print).