Moderate-pace Walking Shrunk Pancreatic Cancer Tumors and Increased Cancer-killing Cells, Small Study Shows

Emily LaVoy, PhD, of the University of Houston, and colleagues explored the effects of moderate-intensity exercise on a mouse model of pancreatic cancer. Pancreatic cancer can be a particularly dangerous form of cancer because it is often diagnosed in later stages and spreads quickly. Though the trial sample was small—thus warranting further study—the results were optimistic. “Just 75 minutes per week of treadmill exercise, performed in 15-minute bouts at an intensity similar to a brisk walk, significantly reduced tumor size over two weeks and increased CD8+T-cell [cancer-killing white blood cell] infiltration,” LaVoy wrote.

The research will be presented virtually at the American Physiological Society (APS) Integrative Physiology of Exercise (IPE) conference. Request the Abstract: “Tumor Growth Reduced and Tumor-Infiltrating Lymphocytes Increased with Exercise Training in Mouse Model of Pancreatic Cancer”