Exercise interventions during cancer treatment: biopsychosocial outcomes

Exerc Sport Sci Rev. 2001 Apr;29(2):60-4. doi: 10.1097/00003677-200104000-00004.


More than 1.2 million Americans are diagnosed with cancer each year, and many receive intensive medical treatments. Currently, exercise is not considered a standard quality-of -life intervention for cancer patients. In this article, 11 studies are reviewed that have examined exercise interventions concurrent with cancer treatment. The key conclusion is that exercise improves a wide range of biopsychosocial outcomes in cancer patients, but much more reserch is needed.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Exercise Therapy*
  • Humans
  • Neoplasms / psychology*
  • Neoplasms / therapy
  • Quality of Life*