by Anne Katz, PhD, RN
This Monthly Survivorship Series, written by CKN Survivorship Editor, Anne Katz, is provided by CKN with permission from ONS. We hope this series will become a useful resource that will help to facilitate dialogue between cancer patients, their loved ones and their physicians with a view towards improving the quality of life for cancer survivors.
I keep finding articles on the role of exercise in cancer survivorship. I think someone is trying to get a message to me – over the years I have personally fallen off that wagon and have finally conquered that demon and now love my daily time on the treadmill!
A recent article in the journal Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise reported on a roundtable undertaken by the American College of Sports Medicine; ONS was a sponsor and contributor to this roundtable. The participants reviewed the evidence and came to the conclusion that exercise is safe during and after cancer treatment.
Specifically, the experts suggested that improvements will be gained in patients with breast, prostate, or hematologic cancers in aerobic fitness, muscular strength, quality of life, and fatigue. They also stated that resistance training is safe for breast cancer survivors with or at risk for lymphedema.
The report recognizes the importance of cancer-specific training for fitness professionals to enable them to provide safe supervision of cancer patients and survivors. LIVESTRONG has also partnered with the YMCA in a partnership to make the Y the go-to place for cancer survivors.
What information do YOU give to your patients about exercise, during and after treatment? What is the response? Share your strategies with readers of this blog – and perhaps we will ALL be motivated to get out there and get active!
Related Article: Exercise in Cancer: progressing towards integration