Why exercise should be a routine part of chemo

Australian study shows it protects the heart

Patients who exercise while undergoing chemotherapy will lessen their chance of heart disease later in life, new research suggests.


An Australian study of breast cancer patients shows that 13 weeks of chemotherapy causes the heart to age by an equivalent of six years. Regular exercise, however, appears to be protective.

Lead researcher, cardiologist Associate Professor Andre La Gerche at the Baker Heart and Diabetes Institute, says the "striking" findings reinforce the importance of exercise for people with cancer.

"With more women surviving early-stage breast cancer,