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Oncologists overwhelmingly endorse moderate- to high-intensity exercise as a highly effective therapy for treatment. We ask,

“Why aren’t survivors receiving it?”

 

Please consider signing our petition.

 

Let's Ensure Survivors Receive Comprehensive Care!

Sign Our Petition! Strengthen Demand for Exercise Therapy!

Research proves that, for cancer survivors, regularly exercising for 150 minutes a week can reduce the risk of recurrence, help recover vitality, and potentially thwart side-effects like neuropathy and lymphedema.

Recent research results (Journal of Clinical Oncology 33, April 2015) conclude that "supervised, moderate- and high-intensity exercise (as a combined resistance and aerobic program) is most effective for patients with breast cancer undergoing adjuvant chemotherapy. A home-based, low-intensity physical activity program represents a viable alternative for women who are unable or unwilling to follow the higher intensity program."

Exercise is free. Exercise has no negative side-effects. Positive benefits accrue from even low-intensity exercise. Teaching exercise and providing a supervised, structured exercise program during oncology treatment is a key component of comprehensive oncology care.

I am adding my name to hundreds of other oncologists, survivors, and caregivers who are asking that cancer centers incorporate exercise programs into their routine oncology services. Without exercise therapy, survivors are not receiving comprehensive care.

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Nancy L Howe

I was a daily exerciser and I ate my fruits and vegetables, but in 1997, I was diagnosed with cancer anyway. I experienced first-hand the benefits of physical activity during treatment and beyond. That was my "Aha!" moment. I left my corporate career, earned my masters at Arizona State University studying exercise science, and joined the staff of University of Arizona cancer researchers in 2005. In 2013, I earned my Cancer Exercise Specialist certification from the University of Northern Colorado, Rocky Mountain Cancer Rehabilitation Institute, and founded Strong Cancer Recovery. In 2017, I joined the Arizona State University Cancer Prevention and Integrative Medicine research team, and entered the PhD program at ASU's College of Nursing and Health Innovation. My research focus is breast-cancer-related lymphedema, including the preventive and ameliorative benefits of physical activity.