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Aerobics may halve complications post-lung cancer surgery

IANS  |  Sydney 

Engaging in aerobic exercises such as walking, breathing, cycling and weight training, before undergoing lung may reduce the complication rate post-by half, a study has found.

The researchers showed that participants who engaged in exercise sessions from three times a week to three times a day had 48 per cent lower risk of after complications.

It also reduced the length of hospital stay by nearly three days for patients with lung

"Postoperative complication is a major concern for patients undergoing [cancer] surgery," Daniel Steffens, at the

"The findings may also impact on and on patients' quality of life, and consequently have important implications for patients, and policymakers," Steffens added, in a paper published in of Sports

The team assessed 13 clinical trials that included 806 participants and cases related to six different types of cancer: bowel, liver, gullet (oesophageal), lung, mouth and prostate.

Exercise programmes for the participants, which were compared with standard care or advice, lasted from one to four weeks, with the average length a fortnight.

The trials that reported more numerous sessions of exercise had better results, suggesting that there may be a dose-response effect, the researchers noted.

In addition, the exercise programme also improved the quality of life for the people suffering from mouth and prostate

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First Published: Sat, February 03 2018. 12:26 IST
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