Benefits of exercise for cancer patients

Status: Current

Dates: 2020 - Start

Māori Relevant Content: Yes

Project Abstract

Exercise oncology research has demonstrated that exercise can have a positive effect on participants with cancer (1). A collaborative international exercise-oncology expert panel strongly supports exercise for people experiencing cancer related anxiety, depressive symptoms, fatigue, health-related quality of life, lymphedema and physical function (1). Furthermore, cautious guidelines have been set for cancer-related bone health and sleep with a recognition further research is required within these fields (1). Additionally, there are guidelines for improving survival for breast, colon and prostate cancers (1 Pertinent to this study, the expert panel highlighted there was insufficient evidence to set guidelines for exercise and its positive effects on cardiotoxicities, treatment tolerance and tumour growth (1,2). The aim of our research is to assess the feasibility of introducing individualised exercise prescription to participants with cancer from the point of diagnosis through treatment.

Researchers - UC Staff

Subject Area: Disciplines