Physical Activity and Gynecologic Cancer Outcomes
Physical activity is associated with improved cancer outcomes, but it is unclear which patients may benefit most from increased physical activity. A recent study evaluated whether associations between meeting the American Cancer Society (ACS) physical activity recommendations and psychosocial outcomes in gynecologic cancer survivors. Participants completed a survey at study entry regarding their psychosocial health (e.g., distress, depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, and quality of life, and physical activity). Among a total of 362 participants, 213 (59%) met ACS physical activity recommendations. The study reported a relationship between physical activity and receipt of chemotherapy for depression, anxiety, and quality of life scores. The patients who had received chemotherapy had a stronger association between physical activity and psychosocial outcomes, compared to those who had not. Gynecologic cancer survivors who received chemotherapy had significant associations between psychosocial health and physical activity, suggesting they may derive the greatest benefit from the prescribed exercise.
The study reported a relationship between physical activity and receipt of chemotherapy for depression, anxiety, and quality of life scores.
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