Advances in the overall effectiveness of cancer treatments have significantly increased survival rate. However, no matter your age, sex, or diagnosis, these therapies have severe negative side effects changing the patients quality of life for the worse. Statistics have shown that 90% patients complain of cancer caused fatigue, often described as “paralyzing,” 25% will develop clinical depression, and many will lose as much as 35% of their physical functioning abilities during treatment. Few interventions have been shown to prevent these declines. Therefore, we evaluated the effects of exercise in blunting these effects.
Methods: 51 cancer patients, ages ranging from 20-82, all cancer types, stages, and undergoing treatment participated. Following a consultation, muscular strength, cardiovascular endurance, depression and fatigue were assessed for a baseline and development of an individualized exercise program. They exercised bi-weekly for 12 weeks, and re-assessed using the same measures comparing the effectiveness of exercise.
Age of Participants
Types of Cancer
Results calculated from Inpower participants over a three month period.
The data reveals that Inpower cancer patients ranging in age from 21-83, all cancer types, stages, and all undergoing treatment increased their cardiovascular endurance by an average of 40%, increased their overall total body strength by an average of 138%, decreased their fatigue by an average of 49%, and decreased their depression by an average of 51%.