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Exercise and Cancer
What have we learned the past 20 years?

by Claudio Battaglini, PhD, FACSM, and Erik Hanson, PhD, CSCS

Since the first studies examining the effects of exercise in cancer survivors began to be published in the mid-80s, the interest in this in­triguing area of research has grown exponentially. Because exercise is non-invasive, effective, and can be done by cancer survivors in the comfort and convenience of their own homes, the medical community has started to give more attention to the use of exercise as a complementary intervention in cancer rehabilitation.

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For Women with Gynecologic Cancer

by Stephanie V. Blank, MD, FACOG

A cancer diagnosis is naturally unsettling, evoking a wide range of emotions. Because talking about gynecologic organs is still practically taboo for so many women, a below-the-belt cancer diag­nosis can be even more distressing. Studies consistently demonstrate that many women are reluctant to even ask their doctor questions about gyneco­logic cancer testing, risk factors, and genetic predisposition, much less dis­cuss potential symptoms.

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Physical Activity and Cancer

by Reid Hayward, PhD

When exercise was first sug­gested as an intervention for cancer survivors, many people, including some in the medical community, thought it wasn’t a viable option. “How can you ask someone with debilitating fatigue and severe treatment-related toxicities to exercise?” they would say.

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