- OXFORD LIBRARY OF PSYCHOLOGY
- Oxford Library of Psychology
- About the Editor
- Exercise Psychology: Understanding the Mental Health Benefits of Physical Activity and the Public Health Challenges of Inactivity
- Physical Activity Epidemiology
- The Ultimate Tranquilizer? Exercise and Its Influence on Anxiety
- Body Image and Exercise
- Physical Activity and Cognitive Function: Theoretical Bases, Mechanisms, and Moderators
- Exercise and Health-Related Quality of Life
- Physical Activity as a “Stellar” Positive Psychology Intervention
- Psychoneuroendocrinology and Physical Activity
- Muscle Pain During and Following Exercise
- Cardiovascular Health Implications of Combined Mental and Physical Challenge
- Personality and Physical Activity
- Psychosocial Influence
- Theoretical Approaches to Exercise Promotion
- Theoretical Approaches to Physical Activity Intervention
- Social Cognitive Models
- Exercise Is a Many-Splendored Thing, but for Some It Does Not Feel So Splendid: Staging a Resurgence of Hedonistic Ideas in the Quest to Understand Exercise Behavior
- Exercise Psychology and Physical Disability
- Physical Activity and Exercise in Older Adults
- Children's Motivation for Involvement in Physical Activity
- Exercise Psychology and Children's Intelligence
- Cancer Patients
- Psychology of Resistance Exercise
- Tai Chi as an Alternative Mode of Exercise Activity for Older Adults
Abstract and Keywords
The National Cancer Institute estimates there are over 11 million cancer survivors in the U.S. Side effects of cancer and its treatment can undermine quality of life and increase risk of developing secondary cancers and other chronic diseases. Many chronic and late effects of cancer treatments align themselves with the known benefits of physical activity in other medical and nonmedical populations. The purpose of this chapter is to provide an overview of current research on physical activity (PA) in cancer survivors. We divide the chapter into (1) PA studies focusing on health outcomes and (2) behavior change. Accumulating evidence suggests that PA can improve supportive care health outcomes and promote short-term behavior change in select groups of cancer survivors. Many important research questions remain.
Amy E. Speed-Andrews, Faculty of Physical Education and Recreation, University of Alberta
Kerry S. Courneya, Faculty of Physical Education and Recreation, University of Alberta.
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