Exercise Associated with Longer Survival After Brain Cancer Diagnosis

Monday, 19/09/2011  |   Others  |  1 comment

By Duke Medicine News and Communications Brain cancer patients who are able to exercise live significantly longer than sedentary patients, scientists at the Duke Cancer Institute report. The finding, published online Monday in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, adds to recent research that exercise improves how cancer patients feel during and after treatments, and may also extend their lives. “This provides some initial evidence that we need to look at the effects of exercise interventions, not only to ease symptoms but also to impact progression and survival,” said Lee W. Jones, PhD, associate professor in the Duke Cancer Institute and senior author of the study. Although the study was not designed to test whether regular exercise actually causes longer survival among brain cancer patients, it established a strong correlation that could give doctors and patients a more accurate prognosis of long-term survival. The study enrolled 243 patients at the Preston Robert Tisch Brain Tumor Center at Duke with advanced recurrent gliomas, lethal brain malignancies that typically result in a median life expectancy of less than six months. The patients who reported participating in regular, brisk exercise ­– the equivalent of an energetic walk five days a week for 30 minutes — had significantly prolonged survival, living a median 21.84 months vs. 13.03 months for the most sedentary patients. The self-reported exercise behavior offered an important additional means of predicting survival among the glioma patients beyond other measures traditionally used for prognosis, including a six-minute walk test. Jones said the walk test is a good way to gauge the functional capacity of people with heart failure or other cardiac or pulmonary disorders, but it may not be informative for brain cancer patients who frequently suffer dizzy spells and other neurological problems that hamper walking. Jose Cortes, a Duke patient who has battled inoperable anaplastic astrocytoma since 2009, has been an avid proponent of the power of exercise during his treatment. “I exercised regularly prior to my illness and I wanted to stay as active as possible,” Cortes said. “But it was impossible for me to do things that I could do easily before. My first goals in physical therapy were to put on my shoes without tipping over and keep my equilibrium while walking and talking or walking and turning my head.” As he met and surpassed his early goals, he began walking for 30 minutes a day and last year joined a Zumba fitness-dance class at his local YMCA. “I wanted to be able to exercise because it makes me feel alive again,” Cortes said. He cautioned that exercise is no cure –- his cancer has responded well to chemotherapy, but he said being active helps both physically and mentally. “Exercise is a very good way to overcome the side effects of your disease,” he said. “You can feel more positive about your life even if you are in a terminal state. The most important thing is to just do it at your own pace and do your best.” The Duke study demonstrates that if doctors know about their patients’ exercise regimens, they will have a better way to assess long-term outcomes. Jones said an accurate prognosis is important to determine the overall health of patients, potential tolerance for certain types of treatment, and eligibility for clinical trials. Jones said a major goal of his research is to discover why exercise may lead to improvements in survival following a cancer diagnosis. “Discovering these mechanisms could provide new insights into cancer progression,” Lee said. “It could also lead to novel studies where exercise is combined with certain cancer therapies to see if both interventions together are more effective at inhibiting cancer recurrence or progression, not just minimizing the adverse side effects of the cancer therapies.” http://www.dukehealth.org/health_library/news/exercise-associated-with-longer-survival-after-brain-cancer-diagnosis Exercise markedly extends lifespan for Cancer patients Garry F. Gordon MD, DO, MD(H) Please understand that many approved drugs costing sometimes $100,000 or more only extend lifespan for a month or two, while you suffer terrible side effects. This study suggests then that for at least some cancers, life style changes like exercise are more potent that the chemo everyone winds up taking, Why? Because you feel you at least are doing something, but if you were paying the $100,000 cost out of your pocket, then as a fully informed consumer/cancer survivor, you might choose to focus first and mainly on things that do no harm. If oncologists would permit you to record your consultations with them, as I do with all of my consultations, I am confident that many more patients would opt to do more to support their bodies innate healing capacity with life style, exercise, detoxification, nutritional supplements, enzymes, oxidative therapies, etc., as you can see any day when you watch the DVD entitled There Is A Cure For Cancer. If we scrapped the plan that is not working i.e. Medicare where government pays your health care expenses but limits your choices and tries to pay the provides as little as possible and go to one where you are put in charge- things would change overnight. Now, once you are on Medicare we know how much on average Medicare will pay out over your lifetime. If instead we put made that same amount of money that the government will pay for an average patient over a lifetime or even just an average case of cancer in the final two years of life, now we put that money into your health savings account for you to spend as you see fit, then overnight, cut burn and poison based treatments would start to die out and alternatives would come to the top. All the things that are well described in the DVD, now on the internet, and alternative cancer centers would be swamped overnight. I know that alternatives work for most early cancers almost without question better than cut burn poison. Yet, with government sanctioning cut burn poison that is what most people get

at first until it starts to fail. The evidence is so poor that I doubt that any mainstream oncologist you allow you to record your consultation if you ask a question like what is the success of this treatment for my long-term survival. You will soon find that most of their chemo cannot match these statistics published here by just adding exercise. Clearly, if you choose to learn, he showed that for all cancers early intervention with stress reduction, diet simplification, more sleep, detoxification including far infra red sauna and immune support was all that it took to make most cancer tests improve! That is the power of getting a cancer test done like at www.caprofile.net and when any of the tests done annually for those with any real cancer risk, are not in ideal safe ranges, adopt these above simple steps and the tests routinely go back to healthy ranges. Now you have exercise to add to your armamentarium of safe cancer therapies that help and do no harm!! Let’s try to adopt doing some real exercise like 30 minutes at least 5 days a week. These are the rewards documented in this study: “The patients who reported participating in regular, brisk exercise ¬– the equivalent of an energetic walk five days a week for 30 minutes — had significantly prolonged survival, living a median 21.84 months vs. 13.03 months for the most sedentary patients.”

One Comment

  1. milly bong
    Oct 13, 2013

    hello nice to know sir or madam i having very tired and try to do exersice every morning i jump 500 times on friday i do walking exercise 45minit than i feel very good and tired also less i will follow up not to stop

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