Current oncology practice is “failing those diagnosed with cancer” with regard to prescribing exercise, says a call-to-action report from a global coalition of 40 leaders from 17 organizations, spearheaded by the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM).

“A drug with similar benefit would likely be prescribed broadly,” write the authors, led by Kathryn Schmitz, PhD, MPH, of Penn State Cancer Institute, Hershey, Pennsylvania.

Exercise prescriptions should now be standard of care for all appropriate oncology patients and physical activity “should become a vital sign, similar to blood pressure,” recorded at each patient visit, the authors argue.

The majority of people living with and beyond cancer are not regularly physically active, the team says.


Credit: Amanda Mills CDC

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