Can Exercise Stop Cancer? Canadian Researchers Want To Find Out

Those in the experimental group are connected with a physical activity consultant a kinesiologist, a personal trainer, or a physiotherapist to develop a structured exercise program. Herpes helps fight cancer, McMaster study suggests A typical exercise routine for the participants involves walking four times a week for 40 minutes at a moderately brisk pace, said Chris Booth, an oncologist at Kingston General hospital and lead researcher of the study. A variety of other activities such as running on the treadmill and swimming can also be added to the program. Participants in the other group are given health education materials and can exercise if they wish, but they are not paired with a physical activity consultant. Both groups are monitored with CT scans, blood work and colonoscopy over three years for cancer recurrence and to find out whether exercise boosts survival rates. This is the first and largest clinical trial to ask what we think is abold and exciting question as to whether the rates of cancer recurrence and cancer survival can be improved with a structured exercise program, Booth told CBC News in Hamilton. Study hopes to inspire policy change The overall benefits of exerciseis well known, Booth added,andresearcheshave also shown that people who exercise have a lower risk of developing cancer in the first place.But physical activity'simpact on cancer recurrence is still a relatively new concept which has just come into the scientific realm in the last few years, Booth explained. If the study yields positive results, Booth said he hopes it can not only motivate patients to exercise, but also inspire health-care professionals toincorporate exercise into the standard cancer care program. Chris Booth, an oncologist at Kingston General Hospital and associate professor at Queens University, is the lead researcher of the CHALLENGE study. (Canadian Cancer Society) "People have asked why even do a clinical trial. Exercise seems to make so much sense for so many reasons. more good stuff

Colon Cancer Survival Rate: Racial Gap

They studied data on nearly 14,000 U.S. adults diagnosed with colon cancer or rectal cancer between 1993 and 1998. The group included more than 10,500 whites, nearly 1,500 blacks, 985 Hispanics, and about 900 Asians/Pacific Islanders. All had health insurance through any of six health care systems across the country. Tracking Colon Cancer Survival Rates The patients were followed through December 2003. During that time, 4,024 patients in the study died of colorectal cancer . Blacks were the most likely to die of colorectal cancer. Hispanics and whites tied for second place, followed by Asians/Pacific Islanders. Blacks were more likely to be diagnosed with advanced tumors and less likely than whites to undergo colorectal cancer surgery. Those two factors -- tumor stage and treatment -- appeared to account for much of the racial gap in survival, but the link between race and survival was "complex," the researchers write. They note that while the patients were insured, their out-of-pocket medical expenses and ability to get time off from work for doctor's appointments may have varied. made a post