Cardio-Oncology: Cancer Treatment and Exercise

What Increases Your Risk?

Cancer History

It's important to consider your history of cancer before starting or restarting an exercise program.

Do you have early stage disease or are you living with advanced disease?

The goals of someone living with (or recovering from) early stage disease will likely be different from those of someone living with advanced disease. Also, certain exercises — such as high intensity aerobic exercise or resistance exercise — may not be safe for everyone, especially if you are living with advanced disease. 

Has your cancer spread to your bones or nervous system?

Exercise may still be safe for people living with advanced disease, even if your bones or nervous system have been affected. However, it is important to speak to your doctor and an exercise specialist before exercising to ensure you lower your risk of falls and fractures! 

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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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