This is very important information that exactly addresses the VALUE of Integrative Oncology. It is known that exercise/physical activity is important – this helps clarify that DURING chemotherapy treatment, it is recommended. Over time, it won’t truly matter but your Oncology team ought to know about this.
"Results showed that directly after chemotherapy, the group that initiated exercise therapy during treatment reported less fatigue and more physical activity and declined less in VO2peak, HRQoL, and muscle strength. Three months after chemotherapy, the group that began exercising after treatment showed similar values to the group that exercised during. Both groups were back to their baseline cardiorespiratory fitness one year after completing the exercise intervention, irrespective of timing.
"These findings suggest that the most optimal timing of physical exercise is during chemotherapy. However, initiating a physical exercise program after chemotherapy is a viable alternative when exercising during chemotherapy is not possible," said Annemiek M.E. Walenkamp, MD, PhD, senior author of the study. "We hope our findings motivate health care providers to guide patients to engage in exercise interventions during anti-cancer treatment."