Exercise Helps Cancer Patients Receiving Radiation Preserve Swallowing Functions
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Sixty six participants were men and 19 were women. The researchers noticed that the swallow preservation exercise before and after the radiation treatment helped maintained the patient’s ability to swallow. Those who followed the exercise returned quickly to their normal diet and had reduced incidences of throat stenosis. “Our results demonstrate that compliance with swallow therapy during radiation or chemo radiation treatment is beneficial to patients’ retaining their ability to swallow after treatment is over,” Wang said. “The real benefit of this compliance is that patients benefit immediately after treatment and for a prolonged time afterward.
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