Clinical Considerations in Returning Pediatric and Young Adults With Cancer to Physical Activity

Curr Sports Med Rep. 2023 Nov 1;22(11):380-386. doi: 10.1249/JSR.0000000000001114.


There is a gap in the literature on the best treatment of clinical sequelae within adolescent and young adult pediatric cancer populations. Children, adolescents, and young adults are at risk for a multitude of immediate and late effects of their disease and treatment that warrant a comprehensive, multidisciplinary team approach to optimize care. Sports medicine providers are well-equipped with their background to join the oncology rehabilitation team in diagnosing and managing cancer-related impairments to help these populations live a healthier and more active lifestyle. In this manuscript, four essential clinical components to consider when returning children, adolescents, and young adults with cancer history to physical activity are discussed: chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy, cardiotoxicity, nutritional deficiencies, and deconditioning.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Child
  • Exercise
  • Humans
  • Life Style
  • Neoplasms* / diagnosis
  • Neoplasms* / therapy
  • Young Adult