Colon and rectal cancer survivors who meet Canadian public exercise guidelines have better quality of life and less fatigue. However, only 1 in 4 survivors reported they were actively exercising.
More than 400 colon and rectal cancer survivors in Canada answered questions about their exercise, quality of life, and fatigue. Those who were exercising at the level recommended by guidelines reported significantly better quality of life. They also had less fatigue.
Even after adjusting for various medical and demographic factors, exercise still made an impact of both how tired survivors felt and how they perceived their overall quality of life.
Carolyn Peddle and her team in Edmonton, Alberta wrote,
Colorectal cancer survivors meeting public health exercise guidelines reported significantly and meaningfully better quality of life and fatigue scores than colorectal cancer survivors who did not meet guidelines. Prospective observational studies and randomized, controlled trials are needed to further assess the causal nature of these relationships.
SOURCE: Peddle et al., Diseases of the Colon and Rectum, published online June 7, 2008.