In a recent study involving 23 breast cancer survivors, 12 weeks of aerobic training was found to improve sleep, pain and general health.
Researchers looked at interactions between cancer family history in first-degree relatives (CFH) and lifestyle factors such as diet and physical activity and evaluated cancer risk. In over 55,000 participants the results showed frequent intake of fruits, raw vegetables, carrots, pumpkin, cabbage and lettuce, as well as frequent physical exercise, were associated with decreased risk for gastric, breast, lung, and colorectal cancer, while habitual smoking increased the risk of gastric and lung cancer. Interestingly, there was no influence of CFH on lifestyle related risk factors.
After 4 bowen therapy sessions with home exercises, study participants showed improved mental health, breast cancer-related functional status, increased range of movement and reduced arm circumferences.
Guided imagery has been found to reduce chemotherapy induced nausea and vomiting in breast cancer patients. The researchers conclude ‘Guided imagery, as an inexpensive and noninvasive method, is particularly appealing option to alleviate chemotherapy induced nausea and vomiting. It can be used in addition to pharmacological strategies and can be implemented by patients independently with sufficient training. Therefore, this therapy will considerably improve severity and frequency of chemotherapy induced nausea and vomiting’.