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An Australian study published in the journal Supportive Care in Cancer has revealed that levels of physical activity decline after patients are diagnosed with myeloma.

The research surveyed 229 myeloma patients and found that participation in physical activity declined significantly from pre-diagnosis levels. Fatigue, injuries and pain were identified as the strongest perceived barriers to taking part. However, 41% of patients were willing to try an exercise programme if one was offered to them.

As regular gentle exercise has important benefits for myeloma patients, the researchers concluded from their study that measures should be taken to help patients increase their level of physical activity. They recommended patients should be provided with information and offered individualised exercise programmes to suit their needs.

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