Despite the wealth of research detailing the benefits of exercise for cancer patients, few medical professionals are recommending exercise and less than half of survivors are physically active regularly.
Prof Kathryn Schmitz from Penn State College of Medicine in Hershey has recently authored a paper on the need to raise awareness of the benefits of exercise for clinicians and patients, which span prevention, treatment of related health issues and recovery.
Despite the American College of Sports Medicine having updated their guidelines on exercise, Prof Schmitz and her co-authors argue that further action must be taken. They advocate for personalised exercise prescriptions to be issued, as well as policy changes to increase the likelihood of doctors including exercise in treatment plans.
They end by calling for fitness professionals and healthcare providers to spread the message to the general population that cancer survivors should be as physically active as their ability, age, and cancer status allow.
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Source: Medical News Today