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The role of physical activity in cancer patients: a narrative review

Magdalena Kocot-Kępska, Kamila Mitk, Monika Rybicka, Marcin Janecki, Anna Przeklasa-Muszyńska
DOI: 10.5603/PMPI.2021.0019

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Physical activity plays an important role in the proper functioning of the human body and it is recommended in the prevention and treatment of many disease syndromes. The importance of physical activity in cancer patients has been highlighted in recent years. Physical activity has a positive impact on the course of the disease as well as on the condition of patients after anticancer treatment. It also reduces the risk of developing some types of cancer. Physical activity can be recommended to patients during and after cancer treatment. This narrative review presents current knowledge regarding the indications, applicability, and efficacy of physical activity in cancer patients, based on the recommendations of the American College of Sports Medicine International Multidisciplinary Roundtable on Exercise and Cancer. The paper discusses the role of physical activity in cancer patients receiving palliative care on the basis of the available systematic reviews.

Abstract

Physical activity plays an important role in the proper functioning of the human body and it is recommended in the prevention and treatment of many disease syndromes. The importance of physical activity in cancer patients has been highlighted in recent years. Physical activity has a positive impact on the course of the disease as well as on the condition of patients after anticancer treatment. It also reduces the risk of developing some types of cancer. Physical activity can be recommended to patients during and after cancer treatment. This narrative review presents current knowledge regarding the indications, applicability, and efficacy of physical activity in cancer patients, based on the recommendations of the American College of Sports Medicine International Multidisciplinary Roundtable on Exercise and Cancer. The paper discusses the role of physical activity in cancer patients receiving palliative care on the basis of the available systematic reviews.

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physical activity, cancer, anticancer treatment, quality of life, palliative care

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The role of physical activity in cancer patients: a narrative review

Journal

Palliative Medicine in Practice

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Ahead of Print

Article type

Review paper

Published online

2021-06-25

DOI

10.5603/PMPI.2021.0019

Keywords

physical activity
cancer
anticancer treatment
quality of life
palliative care

Authors

Magdalena Kocot-Kępska
Kamila Mitk
Monika Rybicka
Marcin Janecki
Anna Przeklasa-Muszyńska

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