What are the NCCN guidelines for physical activity in cancer survivors?

Updated: Feb 28, 2018
  • Author: Winston W Tan, MD, FACP; more...
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NCCN recommendations are as follows [13] :

  • Avoid inactivity; engage in general physical activity daily, including exercise, daily routine activities, and recreational activities

  • Physical activity and exercise recommendations should be tailored to the individual survivor’s abilities and preferences

  • Overall volume of weekly activity should be 150 minutes of moderate-intensity activity or 75 minutes of vigorous-intensity activity or equivalent combination; two to three sessions per week of strength training that include major muscle groups; stretching of major muscle groups should be done on a routine basis

Strategies to increase physical activity include the following:

  • Physician and/or fitness expert recommendation

  • Supervised exercise program or classes

  • Telephone counseling

  • Motivational counseling

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