Doctors withhold life-saving exercise advice from 69% of bowel cancer patients

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Patients diagnosed with colorectal cancer in the English National Health Service (NHS) in 2010 and 2011 were given a survey in 2013 titled “Living with and Beyond Colorectal Cancer.” Over 15,000 respondents gave complete data for the study. The survey was focused on physical activity and questioned patients about their activity levels after diagnosis and whether their doctor gave them important exercise advice, including duration of physical activity on a weekly basis. The objective of the study was to find out whether a doctor’s exercise advice after cancer diagnosis would prompt patients to engage in more physical activity. The study found out that doctors routinely withhold life-saving advice on exercise — therefore leaving patients clueless about how physical activity can help them recover.

Only a third of patients were given life-saving advice from their care giver

As a matter of fact, only a third of respondents (31 percent) recalled receiving any kind of advice from their doctor on physical activity after their colorectal cancer diagnosis. A shocking 69 percent of respondents didn’t receive any kind of exercise advice, which ultimately limits their ability to recover from the disease. Those who did receive advice on performing physical activity were more likely to engage in brisk exercise and meet physical activity guidelines established in the UK.

However, only about a third of patients receive this important advice from their care giver, clearly showing that doctors routinely suppress a patient’s ability to heal by withholding basic advice. The research was carried out at the University College London (UCL).

“There’s evidence to show that exercise is beneficial and safe for cancer patients. And some studies show that it can even help to speed up recovery after treatment,” said head cancer information nurse Martin Ledwick.

Only 22 percent of bowel cancer patients in the survey reported that they engaged in the recommended amount of physical activity each week, which is around two and a half hours. Astonishingly, a third of patients did no physical activity at all.

Dr. Abi Fisher, lead author of the study and senior researcher at the Cancer Research UK Health Behaviour Research Centre at UCL, said, “Our research suggests that advice on being active isn’t in place yet, but we believe this should become a part of bowel cancercare. Previous research has shown that doctors can increase their cancer patients’ levels of activity by discussing exercise, but they need clear information to ensure this important advice becomes routine.”

“We’re keen to boost the number of health professionals promoting physical activity by finding simple but effective ways to give this important advice,” he emphasized.

Trampoline rebounding proves to be effective for colon cancer recovery

Stage III colon cancer survivor Chris Wark explains the importance of physical activity for helping the body move lymph to facilitate the natural detoxification process.

The lymphatic system plays an integral role in immune system health and is responsible for producing white blood cells called lymphocytes in the bone marrow and thymus gland. Lymph vessels, relying on muscle contractions, carry B cell and T cell lymphocytes to help fight infection in the body. This lymphatic system also carries around dead cells, metabolic waste and toxins, which are ultimately eliminated through mucus, urine, liver bile and sweat. By engaging in physical activity, one stimulates the muscles to contract, helping pump toxins and dead cells through the lymphatic system and out of the body. By sweating, these toxins are released through the sweat glands.

From experience, Chris Wark understands that trampoline rebounding is an effective natural strategy to stimulate the lymphatic system. It was one of the exercises he engaged in daily to speed up his body’s detoxification process to help him recover from colon cancer. The rapid G-force resistance phenomenon behind rebounding puts every cell in the body to the test, strengthening nearly every part of the musculoskeletal system. In these moments of contraction, the lymphatic system is activated to its fullest potential and encourages the body to remove the very toxins that are likely fueling the cancer in the patient.

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