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Physical activity among cancer survivors : a literature review

Szymlek-Gay, Ewa A., Richards, Rosalina and Egan, Richard 2011, Physical activity among cancer survivors : a literature review, New Zealand medical journal, vol. 124, no. 1337, pp. 1-13.

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Title Physical activity among cancer survivors : a literature review
Author(s) Szymlek-Gay, Ewa A.ORCID iD for Szymlek-Gay, Ewa A. orcid.org/0000-0002-6533-7945
Richards, Rosalina
Egan, Richard
Journal name New Zealand medical journal
Volume number 124
Issue number 1337
Start page 1
End page 13
Total pages 13
Publisher New Zealand Medical Association
Place of publication Christchurch, N. Z.
Publication date 2011-06-24
ISSN 0028-8446
1175-8716
Keyword(s) age
attitude to health
body mass
counseling
depression
fitness
health behavior
human
motor activity
neoplasm
patient compliance
review
survivor
Summary Aim Physical activity offers a variety of health benefits to cancer survivors, both during and post-treatment. The aim here is to review: the preferences of cancer survivors regarding exercise counselling and participation in a physical activity programme; adherence rates among cancer survivors to physical activity programmes; and predictors of adherence to exercise training.

Methods Two electronic databases, Ovid MEDLINE(R) 1950 to Present with Daily Update and SCOPUS, were used to undertake literature searches for studies examining exercise preferences of adult cancer survivors, and physical activity programmes for adults at any point of the cancer trajectory.

Results Studies suggest that, while physical activity levels are low among cancer survivors, most are interested in increasing their participation. Preferences and adherence to physical activity programmes differ across a range of demographic, medical, and behavioural variables, suggesting the importance of tailoring exercise programmes to patient-specific and disease-specific needs.

Conclusions Current evidence supports the benefits of physical activity for improving risk factors associated with cancer prognosis. Physical activity programmes developed for oncology patients and cancer survivors need to take into account the needs of the target population in order to optimise adherence, outcomes, and long-term behavioural changes in this population.
Notes Reproduced with the kind permission of the copyright owner.
Language eng
Field of Research 119999 Medical and Health Sciences not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970111 Expanding Knowledge in the Medical and Health Sciences
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2011, NZMA
Free to Read? Yes
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