Exercise After Breast Cancer Reduces Healthcare Costs
Updated: Sep 12
Want better outcomes after breast cancer? Exercise early in the course of treatment. This study of 240 people showed that people who did 150 minutes of aerobic and 120 minutes of resistance exercises a week had a third fewer Emergency Room visits, maintained their walking speed during treatment, and bounced back more quickly from chemo-induced fatigue. The pre-habilitation (exercise) and standard care groups were similar regarding their physical capacity at the start of the study.
This study will help oncologists recommend exercise programs to improve outcomes. Since the patients needed less care, the total cost of care was lower too., Maybe this approach will catch on for those who care about total healthcare expenses. I'm talking about you, insurance companies.
The more we learn about exercise, the more we realize that it is the closest thing we have to a magic bullet for health.