Resistance training and cancer survival
Letter to the Editor
Faculty of Health, Engineering and Science
Health and Wellness Institute
Hardee et al recently reported that participation in resistance exercise (RE) was associated with a 33% lower risk of all-cause mortality among 2863 cancer survivors over a 7-year follow-up period. The authors should be acknowledged for this important and novel contribution to the currently growing body of evidence supporting a positive impact of exercise participation on survival rates in individuals with a history of cancer. Of importance, this study is the first to suggest that participation in a specific exercise modality (RE) may improve overall survival, even when adjusting for confounding variables, such as overall physical activity (PA) level, presence of comorbidities, parental history of cancer, and known cardiovascular risk factors.
Christensen J.F., Spry N.A., Galvao D.A. (2014). Resistance training and cancer survival. Mayo Clinic Proceedings, 89(10), 1465. Available here