New guidelines for exercise during cancer treatment

Author(s): Lydia L. Kim, Digital Content Editor

The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) recently released new guidelines for exercise prescriptions while patients are undergoing cancer treatment.

The updated guidelines include the following points:

  • Exercise is an important tool for cancer prevention, especially for several types of common cancers, including breast, colon, and stomach cancer.
  • Exercise can help improve survival after a breast, colon, or prostate cancer diagnosis.
  • Including exercise during and after treatments may help improve the patient’s fatigue, anxiety, and other quality of life factors.
  • Research is needed to reinforce the importance of exercise integration and the standard of care for cancer.

These new guidelines may prove to be beneficial for nurses and other healthcare providers when caring for patients and caregivers battling various types of cancer.

Please read more about the guidelines here.

Sources:

https://www.acsm.org/read-research/newsroom/news-releases/news-detail/2019/10/16/expert-panel-cancer-treatment-plans-should-include-tailored-exercise-prescriptions

https://www.acsm.org/docs/default-source/files-for-resource-library/exercise-for-cancer-prevention-and-treatment-infographic.pdf?sfvrsn=ad47b1e1_2

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