Sport improves lives of women cancer patients in Sulaymaniyah

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Doctors at a public hospital in northern Kurdistan say sports therapy improves outcomes for women patients in their care. A three-year study by oncologist Ghazi Ali showed positive effects for participants at the Hiwa Cancer Hospital in Sulaymaniyah. Where seventy out of one hundred and twenty patients examined are now in complete remission. Patients agree that exercise is one of the most important ways to support cancer treatment and enhance their physical response to chemotherapy and resistance to cancer cells. Sport increases the immune system’s effectiveness while under medication and during recovery, reducing the odds of recurrence. Women at the hospital’s “Hope Group” say sport helped them rid their bodies of toxins during chemotherapy. Perhaps as importantly, they say exercise improved their peace of mind and increased hope for recovery.

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