Cancer Patients Beat Depression

2016-0625 Exercise Beats Depression

By Rebecca Opie | ABC

Exercise can help cancer patients overcome depression and anxiety, leading to benefits within six weeks, new research from a Western Australian university shows.

The study involved 32 patients with a range of cancers – including brain, prostate and breast cancer – who were experiencing depressive symptoms.

The research showed two-and-a-half hours of moderate exercise a week was enough to relieve anxiety and depression.

“One of the most promising findings was that exercise did not need to be too vigorous to be beneficial and benefits could be gained fairly quickly,” Dr Levin said, “from weight training or chopping wood through to walking the dog, all types of exercise showed a benefit in terms of mental health.”

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