A local study is exploring how exercise can benefit cancer survivors.
As more people are surviving cancer, the Wilmot Cancer Institute is working to help patients stay healthy years after treatment ends.
The Institute is studying how physical activity may help survivors reduce their risk for conditions such as obesity, heart disease, diabetes, and hypertension.
“So they may have a heart attack, heart disease, et cetera. We know that they’re at higher risk for that because of having testicular cancer,” said Jennifer Peckham, study coordinator. “So we’re hoping that the exercise, getting them moving, into a less sedentary lifestyle, that we’re able to see those risk factors decrease during the study time as well.”
Some groups are given a walking prescription and are encouraged to increase their step count over the course of the 12 weeks in the study.