Cardio-Oncology: Cancer Treatment and Exercise

How to Exercise

In general, the exercise guidelines for cancer patients and survivors are similar to the guidelines for the general public. According to the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, you should:

Be active

Perform aerobic exercise 
  • New to exercise? Work up to or perform either 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic physical activity, or 75 minutes of vigorous-intensity aerobic physical activity each week.
  • Regular exerciser? Try increasing your moderate-intensity physical activity to 300 minutes or your vigorous-intensity physical activity to 150 minutes each week.

Perform resistance exercise
  • Perform moderate-to-high intensity, muscle-strengthening exercises (body weight, dumbbells, or resistance bands) that involve all the major muscle groups at least two days per week.

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Published: September 2018
Authors: Scott C. Adams, PhD; Lee W. Jones, PhD; Jessica M. Scott, PhD
Medical Reviewers: Peggy Anthony; Jennifer Klemp; Bonnie Ky, MD, MSCE, FACC

These modules were developed in collaboration with the Eastern Cooperative Group—American College of Radiology Imaging Network (ECOG-ACRIN) Cardiotoxicity Working Group and Patient Advocacy Group.

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