Physical Activity and Recovery from Hematological Malignancy

  • Luisa Soares-Miranda
  • Carmen Fiuza-Luces
  • Alejandro Lucia
Part of the Energy Balance and Cancer book series (EBAC, volume 5)


Traditionally, physicians would recommend cancer patients to rest during and after treatments and to avoid activity. However, recently, physical activity has been associated with benefits during and after cancer treatments. There is growing interest in physical activity interventions as a way to ameliorate the side effects of cancer treatments. Studies have shown that physical activity is safe and feasible during and after hematological cancer treatments. Improvements in aerobic capacity, muscular strength, body composition, fatigue, depression, and quality of life were observed in hematological cancer patients engaging in physical activity interventions. However the optimal physical activity dose for these patients is not known and further research is needed.


Physical Activity Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation Resistance Training Exercise Intervention Physical Activity Intervention 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Luisa Soares-Miranda
    • 1
  • Carmen Fiuza-Luces
    • 2
  • Alejandro Lucia
    • 2
  1. 1.Research Center in Physical Activity, Health and Leisure, Faculty of SportUniversity of PortoPortoPortugal
  2. 2.Exercise PhysiologyUniversidad Europea de MadridMadridSpain

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