Courneya et al evaluated the impact of aerobic exercise on the quality of life of a patient with malignant lymphoma. Aerobic exercise does not interfere with therapy and does not cause disease progression. The authors are from the University of Edmonton in Alberta, Canada, and University of Manchester in England.


Benefits of aerobic exercise include:

(1) improved physical functioning

(2) decreased adipose tissue (improved lean body mass)

(3) less depression

(4) less fatigue

(5) greater happiness


These benefits were associated with an improved quality of life.


Other benefits may include:

(1) better appetite

(2) greater social support


Patients who may be hard to get to exercise:

(1) advanced disease with marked fatigue, etc

(2) severe depression


In general:

(1) if you can get the person to exercise, then do so.

(2) if the patient is unwilling to exercise then try to determine the reason, which may be treatable.


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