Research suggests that incorporating regular physical activity, such as walking for 30 minutes a day and practicing yoga, can have significant benefits for cancer patients. Multiple studies presented at the annual meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology highlight the positive effects of exercise on cancer patients, contradicting the traditional notion of "taking it easy" after diagnosis. One study focused on yoga's impact on inflammation, a process linked to cancer development and progression. The results showed that cancer survivors who practiced yoga had lower levels of pro-inflammatory markers compared to those who didn't. Another study found that yoga helped alleviate fatigue and maintain the quality of life in older cancer patients. Additionally, research involving over 2,600 cancer patients in Brazil demonstrated that being active, even through activities like a 30-minute walk five days a week, reduced the risk of death by almost 20%. These findings underline the importance of physical activity in the management and well-being of cancer patients and signify a shift towards encouraging exercise as part of their treatment and recovery.
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