Expert Panel: Cancer Treatment Plans Should Include Tailored Exercise Prescriptions

Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology is the Canadian partner on the development of new recommendations for incorporating exercise into Cancer prevention and treatment.

New guidance published today from exercise oncology experts recommends how health care and qualified exercise professionals can use exercise prescription to develop exercise programs that lower the risk of developing certain cancers and meet the needs of those living with cancer as well as survivors.

The new evidence-based guidelines emphasize the strong benefit of physical activity and how it can be used to improve many of the common side effects of cancer treatments, like fatigue. Experts now recommend that cancer patients and survivors strive to complete 30 minutes sessions of aerobic and resistance exercise three times per week to achieve health benefits. The research reinforces the conversation in Canada and around the world of the importance of exercise as part of supportive care in cancer.

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