Exercise as medicine in the treatment of cancer

Exercise as medicine in the treatment of cancer

Dr. Kathryn Schmitz presenting at 56th annual Nobel Conference: Cancer in the Age of Biotechnology at Gustavus Adolphus College in 2020. “Exercise Oncology: Balancing Evidence with the Need to Implement” – Lecture by Kathryn Schmitz, PhD, MPH, Professor in the Department of Public Health Sciences, and Behavioral Research Professor in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the Penn State Cancer Institute

In 1996 there were four randomized controlled trials that had tested the effects of exercise on outcomes within people living with and beyond cancer. By 2010, there were 82 exercise and cancer trials. But by 2018, there were over 680 trials noted in the National Library of Medicine. As a result of that exponential increase in evidence, sixteen major medical associations came together in 2018 to review the evidence and develop exercise guidance.

The guidance focuses on cancer prevention, as well as cancer health related outcomes experienced within the time frame of treatment, and included statements about the need to translate the evidence base into clinical practice. There is certainly value to further scientific exploration of the dose response benefits of exercise in the setting of oncology. This must be balanced with identifying new and creative means to broadly dissemination exercise oncology programming to the benefit of people living with and beyond cancer. #cancer #nobelconference #scienceandethics #citizenscience #science

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