Physical activity before surgery for cancer

Does exercise lead to improvements in pain prior to invasive surgery?

Pain and poor quality of life are some of the most common factors associated with cancer, no matter what stage of treatment the patient is in.

While exercise is often examined as a beneficial factor for preventing cancer, and improving level of functioning, can it be used to treat pain even while the patient is undergoing multiple treatments?

While evidence exists for the correlation between exercise and pain reduction in persistent populations, the authors of this article have chosen to examine whether exercise can have any impact post-chemoradiation, and pre-surgical resection for patients with rectal cancer.


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