Nutrition and physical activity during and after cancer treatment: an American Cancer Society guide for informed choices

CA Cancer J Clin. 2006 Nov-Dec;56(6):323-53. doi: 10.3322/canjclin.56.6.323.


Cancer survivors are often highly motivated to seek information about food choices, physical activity, and dietary supplement use to improve their treatment outcomes, quality of life, and survival. To address these concerns, the American Cancer Society (ACS) convened a group of experts in nutrition, physical activity, and cancer to evaluate the scientific evidence and best clinical practices related to optimal nutrition and physical activity after the diagnosis of cancer. This report summarizes their findings and is intended to present health care providers with the best possible information from which to help cancer survivors and their families make informed choices related to nutrition and physical activity. The report discusses nutrition and physical activity issues during the phases of cancer treatment and recovery, living after recovery from treatment, and living with advanced cancer; select nutrition and physical activity issues such as body weight, food choices, and food safety; issues related to select cancer sites; and common questions about diet, physical activity, and cancer survivorship.

Publication types

  • Practice Guideline
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • American Cancer Society*
  • Choice Behavior
  • Diet*
  • Dietary Supplements / standards
  • Feeding Behavior
  • Humans
  • Motor Activity*
  • Neoplasms / physiopathology
  • Neoplasms / therapy*
  • Nutritional Physiological Phenomena*
  • United States