Strength-Focused Programs Could Make Cancer Survivors Feel Better

There is no doubt that regular exercise is a must for healthy living, but little was known that community-based exercise for those who have battled out cancer could do a lot to improve their quality of life. It was found after a team examined the results of a 12-week “Exercise and Thrive” program on 221 cancer survivors. The program was found to be conducted in combination with Seattle-area YMCAs.

There were significant results seen in the form of significant improvement in fatigue, insomnia, physical function, musculoskeletal symptoms, mental health, social support and physical activity, once the program was over. It has been known that there is loss of physical strength involved after cancer treatment and this is what has made this program all-in-all more important. “Cancer can cause loss of muscle mass and result in fatigue. Strength training is needed to rebuild this muscle and to generate energy, said the study author, Karen Syrjala, Ph. D., the Co-Director of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center Survivorship Program.

Though there were a few who made volunteer exit from the program, there were many who could get significant benefits from this. This is required that such patients are being made aware about the best part of such programs so that they can get more physical as well as mental energy to live the life they wish to. As the study is making reverberations in the contours of the society, it is being told that there is need for such medical intervention so that cancer survivors can be given the desired support they need.

However, it was made clear that not even a single participant suffered from massive weight loss. Such programs have become need of the hour and this perhaps reinforces the need of group sessions with personal trainers.


Submitted by Elina Needham