Can Exercise Help Breast Cancer?

Perhaps not directly, but a recent BMJ article says it can help in improving physical function and quality of life measures in patients with early stage breast cancer. Some of the physical measures noted were a 12 minute walk test and a measurement of shoulder mobility. Interesting to note, the physical measures improved right away, but it took some time for the quality of life measures to show an intervention effect.

There have been a series of studies (and this one) recently dealing with the issue. I find the concept refreshing, as it really makes sense to get some supportive literature behind some good integrative care. Perhaps with enough of this type of literature, a woman diagnosed with breast cancer will be able to receive treatment not just for her cancer, but also for her receding quality of life and upper limb function…and have it reimbursed!