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Role of Physical Activity in Cancer Treatment and Survivorship


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On October 16, 2019, an expert panel convened by the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM)released updated guidance and recommendations on the role of physical activity and exercise in cancer prevention and survivorship. The panel was co-chaired by Kathryn Schmitz, PhD, MPH, of the Department of Public Health Sciences at the Penn State College of Medicine, and Charles Matthews, PhD, of NCI’s Division of Cancer Epidemiology and Genetics.

The recommendations, as outlined in three related publications, are the products of the panel’s comprehensive review of the scientific evidence on physical activity and cancer. In this issue of The ASCO Post, Dr. Schmitz, Immediate Past-President of ACSM, discusses the research findings connecting physical activity with improved cancer outcomes and what these new guidelines mean for health-care providers and survivors. See pages 193 to 195. 


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