Study: Physical Activity Benefits Lung Cancer Patients and Survivors

As the leading cause of cancer death in the U.S., lung cancer can present several debilitating symptoms including fatigue, difficulty breathing and coughing. Researchers have discovered that exercise could potentially serve as a therapeutic option in reducing lung cancer symptoms.

A recent study shows exercise and physical activity may also improve quality of life and potentially reduce the length of a hospital stay following surgery for lung cancer. While the intensity of the recommended physical activity varies depending on the stage of cancer and overall health of the patient, low-intensity activities such as walking or step counting were cited as safe options to decrease the burden of symptoms.

To read more about the benefits of increased physical activity for lung cancer patients observed in the study, view the full article from the International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer.

Lung cancer is one of the most frequently treated diseases at CyberKnife Center of Chicago. Using advanced CyberKnife® technology, lung tumors are treated non-invasively in five or fewer outpatient procedures. To learn whether you may be a candidate for CyberKnife treatment, contact us.

This is not intended as medical advice to replace the expertise and judgment of your health care team. It is intended to help you and your family make informed decisions, together with your doctor.