Among colorectal cancer survivors, physical activity positively associated with quality of life
the ONA take:
According to a new study published in the Journal of Cancer Survivorship, researchers have found a positive association between physical activity and health-related quality of life among patients with colorectal cancer who have survived over 2 years since diagnosis.
For the study, researchers identified patients diagnosed with colorecctal cancer between 2000 and 2009 from the Dutch population-based Eindhoven Cancer Registry. Those eligible for the study completed a questionnaire that asked about physical activity and health-related quality of life on three time points 1 year apart.
Results showed physical activity behavior was relatively stable across all three time points with 82% of participants performing at least 150 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity per week.
Multivariate analyses showed that patients who did at least 150 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity per week scored higher on the global quality of life, physical, role, cognitive, emotional, and social functioning over time compared with participants who did not complete that much physical activity each week.
They also found that participants who went from not completing that much physical activity to completing more than the cutoff improved on the various scales. The findings suggest that clinicians should encourage their inactive cancer survivors to become physically active in order to improve health-related quality of life.
Physical activity and health-related quality of life in colorectal cancer who have survived over 2 years since diagnosis.
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