Oct. 5, 2021 (MedicalXpress) -- Forget bedrest, research from Edith Cowan University has shown exercise may be a key weapon in cancer patients' battle against the disease.
Exercise causes muscles to secrete proteins called myokines into our blood. Researchers from ECU's Exercise Medicine Research Institute have learned these myokines can suppress tumor growth and even help actively fight cancerous cells.
A clinical trial saw obese prostate cancer patients undergo regular exercise training for 12 weeks, giving blood samples before and after the exercise program.
Researchers then took the samples and applied them directly onto living prostate cancer cells.
Study supervisor Professor Robert Newton said the results help explain why cancer progresses more slowly in patients who exercise.