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Physical activity for cancer patients during COVID-19 pandemic: a call to action.

Authors
  • Rezende, Leandro F M1
  • Lee, Dong Hoon2
  • Ferrari, Gerson3
  • Eluf-Neto, José4
  • Giovannucci, Edward L2, 5, 6
  • 1 Universidade Federal de São Paulo, Escola Paulista de Medicina, Departamento de Medicina Preventiva, Rua Botucatu, 740 - 4° Andar - sala 457 - Vila Clementino - CEP, São Paulo, SP, 04023-062, Brazil. [email protected] , (Brazil)
  • 2 Department of Nutrition, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Boston, MA, USA.
  • 3 Laboratorio de Ciencias de la Actividad Física, el Deporte y la Salud, Facultad de Ciencias Médicas, Universidad de Santiago de Chile, USACH, Santiago, Chile. , (Chile)
  • 4 Departamento de Medicina Preventiva, Faculdade de Medicina FMUSP, Universidade de Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo, SP, Brazil. , (Brazil)
  • 5 Department of Epidemiology, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Boston, MA, USA.
  • 6 Channing Division of Network Medicine, Department of Medicine, Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, USA.
Type
Published Article
Journal
Cancer Causes & Control
Publisher
Springer-Verlag
Publication Date
Nov 16, 2020
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1007/s10552-020-01367-0
PMID: 33196913
Source
Medline
Keywords
Language
English
License
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Abstract

Self-isolation is strongly recommended for cancer patients during the COVID-19 pandemic, but may lead to physical inactivity and prolonged sitting time. The benefits of physical activity for cancer patients are manifold, such as reduced anxiety, fewer depressive symptoms, less fatigue, better quality of life, and improved physical function. In the last decade, several oncology-related organizations have provided guidance and summarized the evidence on the role of physical activity for cancer survivors. In this comment, we provide a brief summary of these recommendations and benefits of physical activity for cancer patients; and we recommend that oncologists and health practitioners should promote an active lifestyle for these patients during the pandemic and thereafter. Suggestions for implementing these actions in the clinical settings are also provided.

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