Resistance training benefits breast cancer survivors

Published 18 February 2016

First-of-its-kind research shows that resistance training may benefit the recovery of breast cancer survivors.

Dr Mandy Hagstrom, from UNE’s School of Science & Technology, led the clinical trial with a team of researchers from across Australia.

“Patients undertook a regime of exercises including squats, deadlifts and bench presses, three times a week for four months.

“Over this time we monitored key inflammatory and immune markers linked to the spread of tumours,” Dr Hagstrom said.

The study, published last month, found that resistance training may improve the inflammatory profile of breast cancer survivors.

“Medical research tells us that inflammation leads to cellular adaptation. Whilst inflammation can be effective for healing muscles and bones, it can also mean the spread of cancer.

“Our study shows that strength training contains inflammation, which  may have important implications for cancer recurrence, warranting further investigation in the future,” Dr Hagstrom explained.

The research was published in the journal of Breast Cancer Research and Treatment

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