The global burden of cancer has more than doubled during the last 30 years and with the continued growth and aging of the world’s population, it is expected to double again by 2020. While 5-year survival rates for some cancers remain very poor, an increasing number of people in economically developed societies are now surviving for at least 5 years after being diagnosed with some of the most common cancers. This means that the quality of cancer survival has become an important issue in the management of cancer patients. The cancer experience is widely acknowledged as a life-changing event and can be the trigger for reviewing personal health behaviours and making major lifestyle changes. For some cancers, a growing body of observational evidence suggests that a physically active lifestyle can be beneficial in terms of primary prevention and cancer mortality. Prospective intervention studies have also shown that regular exercise participation during and after cancer treatment is associated with higher levels of physical functioning and CV fitness, reduced feelings of fatigue and improved health-related QoL. Nevertheless, the specific benefits of habitual exercise are likely to vary as a function of cancer type and disease stage, treatment approach and current lifestyle of the patient. The aim of this book is to present the most up-to-date synthesis of scientific evidence gleaned from observational and intervention studies that have investigated the health benefits to cancer patients of engaging in a physically active lifestyle.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Allied Health Professions, Faculty of HealthQueen’s Building University of East AngliaNorwichUK
  2. 2.Primary Care Clinical Sciences, School of Health and Population Sciences, College of Medical and Dental SciencesUniversity of BirminghamBirminghamUK

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