n International SportMed Journal - Physical activity and cancer : FIMS position statement 2014




Cancer and its treatment are often associated with physical and psychosocial impairments that influence activities of daily living and can thus have a negative impact on quality of life. Some side effects can last for years, and cancer as well as the therapy itself can lead to a greater risk for other chronic diseases. Physical activity plays an important role within supportive care. There is growing evidence of the importance and effectiveness of physical activity during and after cancer treatment. However, the optimal components of exercise for each cancer type at a given treatment phase remain unclear, so that current recommendations primarily entail general physical activity guidelines including specific modifications and precautions. Further research is needed to investigate different doses and types of exercise to identify the optimal exercise prescription.


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