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Getting Fit Gives Patients More Energy And Lowers Risk Of Cancer Recurring

Getting Fit Gives Patients More Energy And Lowers Risk Of Cancer Recurring

When Suzan Savoie-Swist learned that she had Stage 3 breast cancer, exercise was the last thing she felt like doing. At 49, she was busy with her family, her full-time job and her home. She hadn't exercised in years and didn't know where she'd find the time or the energy.

But excruciating arm pain the day after her mastectomy landed her in physical therapy, where she received 15 minutes of massage therapy and guided exercise.

"Without those stretching exercises, I could have ongoing problems with my arms, but I don't because of doing what I was able to do at the time," said Savoie-Swist, of East Windsor.

Extensive research shows exercising during and after...

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