The purpose of this survey is to identify the research priorities that will best support the addition of exercise as a standard of care for cancer survivors in Canada, as well as other countries with similar healthcare systems.
There is growing interest and research into the benefits of exercise for cancer patients and survivors. Exercise training is defined as regular structured sessions of aerobic and/or resistance exercise aimed at improving physical health and fitness. Research in cancer survivors shows that exercise training improves a range of physical (e.g., muscle strength, aerobic fitness) and self-reported (e.g., quality of life, fatigue) outcomes during and following treatment in many cancer populations. Related studies also show that cancer survivors who exercise have significantly better survival than those who do not.
These findings strongly suggest that exercise should be included as a standard part of care for cancer survivors. Based on this research, the Clinical Oncology Society of Australia recently released a public statement supporting the addition of exercise training as a standard part of care for all cancer survivors. In North America, leading cancer support organizations recommend that cancer survivors avoid inactivity and engage in regular exercise. However, despite these recommendations, there are major knowledge- and infrastructure-related barriers (e.g., access qualified exercise professionals) that prevent exercise from being included as a standard part of cancer care in North America. This is also often the case in the UK hence why this survey has relevance and the findings will be shared globally
The survey will take no more than 15 minutes to complete and can be accessed via the link
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