Exercise Intervention Research for Patients With Cancer on Treatment

Stacey Young-McCaughan, Sonya M. Arzola

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Objectives: To review the literature and summarize the findings of exercise intervention research for patients with cancer undergoing treatment. Data Sources: Electronic databases of the Ovid Medline and CINAHL from 1980 to present. Reference lists from retrieved articles were reviewed and relevant articles included. Conclusion: Exercise programs have been primarily aerobic. Participants exercised anywhere from 3 to 7 days a week, for 2 to 52 weeks, 10 to 45 minutes per session, at 50% to 85% of heart rate reserve. Exercise has shown to improve almost all aspects of physiologic and psychological functioning. Implications for Nursing Practice: Nurses can confidently suggest exercise as part of a patient's therapy and guide the patient to a safe program.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)264-274
Number of pages11
JournalSeminars in Oncology Nursing
Issue number4
StatePublished - Nov 1 2007
Externally publishedYes


  • Cancer
  • exercise intervention
  • rehabilitation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology(nursing)


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