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Chemotherapy and Exercise: The Right Dose of Workout Helps Side Effects

Researchers at the University of Rochester Wilmot Cancer Institute have discovered something simple and inexpensive to reduce neuropathy in hands and feet due to chemotherapy - exercise.

The study, involving more than 300 cancer patients, was presented at the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Annual Meeting in Chicago.

Investigators in the exercise study directly compared the neuropathic symptoms in non-exercisers to the pain among patients who took part in a specialized six-week walking routine with gentle, resistance-band training at home.

The exercisers reported significantly fewer symptoms of neuropathy which includes shooting or burning pain, tingling, numbness, and sensitivity to cold and the effects of exercise seemed to be most beneficial for older patients, said lead author Ian Kleckner, Ph.D., a biophysicist and research assistant professor in Wilmot's Cancer Control and Survivorship program.

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