Breast cancer patients with the common disorder of anaemia could help tackle the problem with moderate exercise, new research has found.
People suffering from anaemia often feel weak or tired and the condition can be a side effect of radiotherapy, which is while highly effective in destroying cancer cells, can cause fatigue, anaemia and depression soon after therapy begins.
In a study published in Cancer, the journal of the American Cancer Society, women with breast cancer who walked briskly for 20 to 45 minutes three to five times a week during radiotherapy treatment did not experience a decline in levels of red blood cells and the protein in them, haemoglobin.
The inactive control group saw a decline in the number of their red blood cells.
"Study results support the potential for moderate aerobic exercise to be a safe, effective, and economical method for improving physical fitness and maintaining erythrocyte [red blood cell] levels in females undergoing radiation treatment for breast cancer," the study's authors argued.
According to Cancer Research UK, every year in the UK there are 41,700 new cases of breast cancer diagnosed in women and 300 in men. It causes more than 12,400 deaths annually.