Community-Based Exercise Programs for Cancer Survivors

Rita Musanti

Brittany Murley

cancer survivors, physical activity, community-based exercise, cancer exercise
CJON 2016, 20(6), S25-S30. DOI: 10.1188/16.CJON.S2.25-30

Background: Cancer exercise programming in the community has been emerging in response to the increasing numbers of cancer survivors and social factors favoring movement away from a sedentary lifestyle.

Objectives: This article examines several community-based exercise programs for cancer survivors as exemplars of successful programs.

Methods: The article investigates where the research is leading as technological advances and cloud-based technologies change the fitness landscape. Links to valuable resources for healthcare providers interested in current physical activity recommendations for cancer survivors are also offered.

Findings: Accumulating evidence suggests that cancer survivors who engage in an active lifestyle have less fatigue, better quality of life, improved sense of well-being, and, in the case of breast and colon cancers, a reduced risk of recurrent disease.

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