Cancer Patients

Amy E. Speed-Andrews and Kerry S. Courneya

in The Oxford Handbook of Exercise Psychology

Published in print May 2012 | ISBN: 9780195394313
Published online September 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Library of Psychology

 Cancer Patients

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The National Cancer Institute estimates there are over 11 million cancer survivors in the U.S. Side effects of cancer and its treatment can undermine quality of life and increase risk of developing secondary cancers and other chronic diseases. Many chronic and late effects of cancer treatments align themselves with the known benefits of physical activity in other medical and nonmedical populations. The purpose of this chapter is to provide an overview of current research on physical activity (PA) in cancer survivors. We divide the chapter into (1) PA studies focusing on health outcomes and (2) behavior change. Accumulating evidence suggests that PA can improve supportive care health outcomes and promote short-term behavior change in select groups of cancer survivors. Many important research questions remain.

Keywords: physical activity; cancer; survivor; quality of life; supportive care; health outcomes; behavior change

Article.  23939 words. 

Subjects: Psychology ; Health Psychology ; Clinical Psychology

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