Excercise may be part of the new treatment for some cancers

The Wall Street Journal published “Sloan Kettering’s Quest to Prove Exercise Can Inhibit Cancer” on February 29, 2016. The article discusses research aimed at assessing whether a regimen of exercise training can inhibit, or delay, the spread of cancer and help prevent recurrence. The author notes, ”Scientists say the research, part of an emerging field known as exercise oncology, could take years to prove a link between exercise and cancer. If successful, they hope exercise someday will become a standard of care in cancer treatment, along with conventional therapies such as surgery, radiation and chemotherapy.”  Obviously, many people have difficulty making behavioral changes necessary to develop an exercise program, especially the relatively intense exercise indicated by current oncology research.

While this article is not directly related to mental health practice, it does raise some interesting possibilities for healthcare psychologists and other mental health professionals who may be interested in helping cancer patients, or people at risk for developing cancer, with a wellness and exercise program.

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