Implementation of Physical Activity Promotion in Cancer Care

A special issue of Cancers (ISSN 2072-6694). This special issue belongs to the section "Cancer Survivorship and Quality of Life".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 July 2024 | Viewed by 1322

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Department of Sport and Physical Activity, Sheffield Hallam University, Broomhall, Sheffield, UK
Interests: physical activity; cancer survivors; behaviour change; interventions; cancer care; implementation; health

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Dear Colleagues,

Exercise oncology is a growing field, with a wealth of research demonstrating the importance of regular physical activity for a healthy survivorship trajectory. Despite the strong evidence base for exercise in cancer, physical activity promotion within cancer care settings and the scale-up of exercise interventions is limited. The purpose of this Special Issue is to (i) facilitate our understanding of the barriers to physical activity promotion in cancer care; (ii) identify solutions for the implementation of physical activity promotion to those living with and beyond cancer; and (iii) provide examples of effective implementation of exercise interventions in routine cancer care.

We are pleased to invite you to contribute to this Special Issue of Cancers concerning the implementation of physical activity in cancer care with a focus on the translation of research evidence into practice, consistent with the ethos of the journal.

In this Special Issue, original research articles and reviews are welcome. Research areas may include (but are not limited to) the following: research concerning the barriers to exercise promotion, support needs of health professionals working in cancer care and the implementation of physical activity interventions in real-world settings.

Dr. Sarah Hardcastle
Guest Editor

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Keywords

  • physical activity
  • cancer survivors
  • behaviour change
  • interventions
  • cancer care
  • implementation
  • health

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Do Oncologists Recommend the “Pill” of Physical Activity in Their Practice? Answers from the Oncologist and Patients’ Perspectives
by Aitor Martínez Aguirre-Betolaza, Ander Dobaran Amezua, Fatma Hilal Yagin, Jon Cacicedo, Jurgi Olasagasti-Ibargoien and Arkaitz Castañeda-Babarro
Cancers 2024, 16(9), 1720; https://doi.org/10.3390/cancers16091720 - 28 Apr 2024
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Objectives: The purposes of this current questionnaire-based study were to analyse whether oncologists prescribed PA to their patients in Spain, as well as the type of exercise recommended, the variables that influence whether or not to recommend it and to compare these recommendations [...] Read more.
Objectives: The purposes of this current questionnaire-based study were to analyse whether oncologists prescribed PA to their patients in Spain, as well as the type of exercise recommended, the variables that influence whether or not to recommend it and to compare these recommendations with the values reported by their patients. Methods: Two online questionnaires were designed for this study. The first one, filled in by the oncologists (n = 93), contained aspects such as the attitude or barriers to promoting PA. The second was designed for patients with cancer (n = 149), which assessed PA levels and counselling received from oncologists, among other facets. Results: The majority of oncologists (97%) recommend PA during their consultations. Instead, only 62% of patients reported participating in exercise within the last 7 days. Walking was the most common form of exercise, reported by 50% of participants. Patients who received exercise recommendations from their oncologist walked for more days (p = 0.004; ES = 0.442) and more minutes per day (p = 0.022; ES = 0.410). The barriers most highlighted by patients were lack of time and not knowing how to perform PA. Conclusion: Oncologists and patients seem to be interested and able to participate in PA counselling and programmes. However, there was a discrepancy between what was reported by oncologists and expressed by patients in terms of recommendations for PA and the modality itself. Full article
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The Effect of Exercise on Reducing Lymphedema Severity in Breast Cancer Survivors
by Yanxue Lian, Simran Sandhu, Yamikani Asefa and Ananya Gupta
Cancers 2024, 16(7), 1367; https://doi.org/10.3390/cancers16071367 - 30 Mar 2024
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Exercise has been repeatedly shown to be safe and beneficial for cancer survivors. However, there is no normative guideline for exercise prescription, and it is still under exploration. Therefore, this literature review aims to provide some advice for the formulation of exercise prescriptions [...] Read more.
Exercise has been repeatedly shown to be safe and beneficial for cancer survivors. However, there is no normative guideline for exercise prescription, and it is still under exploration. Therefore, this literature review aims to provide some advice for the formulation of exercise prescriptions for patients with breast cancer-related lymphedema (BCRL) from the perspective of reducing lymphedema severity. A review of relevant studies published before November 2023 was conducted using three scientific databases: PubMed, Embase, and Scopus. A total of 2696 articles were found. Eventually, 13 studies fulfilled the inclusion criteria and were included in this literature review. We concluded that daily, or nearly daily, exercise at home can be recommended. Moreover, reduced lymphedema severity may not be maintained after ceasing the exercise program, so exercise should be a lifelong practice. Full article
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