Physical activity and gastrointestinal cancer survivorship

Recent Results Cancer Res. 2011;186:237-53. doi: 10.1007/978-3-642-04231-7_10.


Research examining physical activity in gastrointestinal cancer survivors is in its early stages and has focused primarily on colorectal cancer. Moreover, the majority of the research to date has been observational in nature, with very little interventional research. Though limited, the results of this research have been promising in nature, showing positive associations between physical activity and quality of life as well as disease outcomes, including improved disease-free and overall survival. The potential benefits of physical activity for gastrointestinal cancer survivors warrant further research on the underlying mechanisms of the relationship between physical activity and colorectal cancer disease outcomes, to determine if these associations extend to other gastrointestinal cancers, and to determine appropriate physical activity interventions to realize any potential supportive care benefits in various gastrointestinal cancer survivor groups.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Colorectal Neoplasms / mortality
  • Colorectal Neoplasms / therapy
  • Exercise*
  • Gastrointestinal Neoplasms / mortality*
  • Gastrointestinal Neoplasms / therapy
  • Humans
  • Survival Rate