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Exercise Strengthens The Immune Systems Of Cancer Survivors, May Prevent Recurrences

October 10, 2012: 12:00 AM EST
Cancer survivors who exercise for a few weeks after they finish chemotherapy may be tuning up their immune systems enough to prevent a recurrence of the disease, a preliminary U.S. study finds. Previous research established that exercise can reduce the risk of getting several different types of cancers, can improve prognosis in cancer patients, and can reduce the risk of recurrence of some types of cancers in survivors. The 12-week study among 16 cancer patients who had undergone chemotherapy showed how: several weeks of exercise favorably changed the ratio of senescent (ineffective) immune system T cells to naïve (cancer fighting) T cells in the majority of participants.
Laura Bilek et al., "Effect of Exercise on T Cells in Cancer Survivors", News release, presentation at the Integrative Biology of Exercise VI meeting, October 10, 2012, © Bilek et al.
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