How complementary therapies and aerobic exercise influence cancer


Authors: David A Patch, Samantha Bhambrah, Samuel Ianuario, Anthony Whyte, Divya Situt, Tolulope Oladimeji, and Emmanuel O Keku
Page Range: 39-48
Published in: International Public Health Journal, 15#1 (2023)
ISSN: 1947-4989

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This literature review examined the positive effects (e.g., cardiovascular endurance, strength, reduction of stress) of aerobic exercise combined with complementary therapies on cancer survival rates. The literature suggests that complementary therapies and aerobic exercise may serve as an effective alternative treatment in decreasing cancer-related fatigue, improving immune system function, and increasing quality of life in cancer patients. Numerous research investigations reported positive correlations between complementary therapies and their role in suppressing adverse effects of conventional treatments such as cachexia, cancer-related fatigue, and negative emotions. However, dosage guidelines for these alternative treatments are lacking and concern about the side effects and interactions between complementary modalities and conventional treatments remain. Additionally, the review suggested complementary therapies such as tai chi, yoga, acupuncture, and meditation may enhance the effects of conventional medical treatments. Further studies are warranted to understand the underlying mechanisms responsible for the effects of these therapies in cancer patient populations.

Keywords: Cancer, complementary therapies, aerobic exercise, survival

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