Exercise needs to be part of cancer care

Dr Kathryn Schmitz, Ph.D., M.P.H.,  author of the ASCO guidelines for exercise in cancer patients, talks about the beneifts of exericse for cancer patients and the Moving Through Cancer initiative










In the past, clinicians typically advised their cancer patients to rest and avoid physical activity. However, what we learned from early exercise research in the 1990s and 2000s contradicted that advice. In fact, the field of exercise oncology—exercise and cancer—has grown exponentially in the past decade. There are more than 1,000 randomized controlled trials in this field. Multiple large epidemiologic and preclinical studies have also been completed, all of which have expanded our knowledge. We now have the evidence to tell us, with great confidence, that those living with and beyond cancer will benefit from being more physically active. We are at a point in the evolution of the field where we can dose exercise precisely, just as we do with drugs, to address several cancer-related health outcomes.

Even if a doctor or nurse does not know what to presrcibe, they can quickly assess a patient and recommend physcial actiivty in less than a minute.


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