New Delhi, Dec 13 (ANI): Increase in physical activity has a positive impact on survival in lymphoma patients, finds a study. Lymphoma is a cancer of the lymphatic system, the part of the body's germ-fighting network which includes the lymph nodes (lymph glands), spleen, thymus gland and bone marrow. Lymphoma can affect those areas as well as other organs throughout the body. In order to answer these questions, researchers studied a cohort of 4087 lymphoma patients enrolled prospectively (within nine months of diagnosis) at the Mayo Clinic between 2002 and 2012. Researchers used this information to calculate a Godin Leisure Score Index, a physical activity score, which is a validated tool for measuring physical activity in oncology patients. Researchers found that patients, who had a higher level of usual adult physical activity prior to a lymphoma diagnosis had significantly better overall and lymphoma-specific survival compared to those who were less physically active. They also found that patients who increased their level of physical activity after their lymphoma diagnosis (at three-year follow-up) had significantly better overall and lymphoma-specific survival compared to those who were less physically active. Researchers found that patients who perceived their level of physical activity had decreased at three years after a lymphoma diagnosis had worse overall and lymphoma-specific survival compared to those who did not report a change. Study results were presented at the 59th American Society of Haematology annual meeting in Atlanta.
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