Publications

Exercise Promotion in Geriatric Oncology.

Author(s): Burhenn PS,  Bryant AL,  Mustian KM

Journal: Curr Oncol Rep

Date: 2016 Sep

Major Program(s) or Research Group(s): NCORP

PubMed ID: 27484061

PMC ID: PMC5839509

Abstract: Evidence of the benefits of exercise for people with cancer from diagnosis through survivorship is growing. However, most cancers occur in older adults and little exercise advice is available for making specific recommendations for older adults with cancer. Individualized exercise prescriptions are safe, feasible, and beneficial for the geriatric oncology population. Oncology providers must be equipped to discuss the short- and long-term benefits of exercise and assist older patients in obtaining appropriate exercise prescriptions. This review provides detailed information about professionals and their roles as it relates to functional assessment, intervention, and evaluation of the geriatric oncology population. This review addresses the importance of functional status assessment and appropriate referrals to other oncology professionals.