Caregiver and Clinician Conversations about Increasing the Physical Activity of Pediatric Cancer Patients

Meeting Date and Time
Virtual via WebEx
Jennifer W. Mack, M.D., M.P.H.
Victoria A. Sardi Brown, Ph.D., L.P.C.
NCI Obesity & Cancer Webinar Series
Major Program
Supportive Care and Symptom Management
Research Group
Nutritional Science

Date Posted

A cancer diagnosis can be overwhelming for a developing child and their caregivers due to the physiological, cognitive, and behavioral effects of the cancer itself and the sudden introduction to aggressive clinical management. These powerful cancer therapies can cause pain and suffering for the child. Physical activity interventions have been developed to manage cancer treatment symptoms and improve quality of life for children. In addition to optimizing physical function, emotional and social learning are entwined with movement and active play in children, making bodily activity a key indicator of overall child development.

How do children, their caregivers, and their clinicians communicate and make decisions about physical activity participation during treatment? How might researchers utilize stakeholder perspectives to develop more appropriate and empathetic interventions? The purpose of this webinar is to provide a forum for pediatric cancer stakeholders to describe their experiences and offer perspectives for future physical activity research.

This webinar is part of the NCI Obesity & Cancer Webinar Series, which aims to foster cross-disciplinary research on obesity that can help prevent, treat, and/or control cancer.


Physical activity and quality of life among children with cancer

Jennifer W. Mack, M.D., M.P.H.
Associate Professor of Pediatrics
Harvard Medical School
Associate Chief, Division of Population Sciences
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute 

Childhood cancer is NOT just about the medicine: Creation of Psychosocial Standards of Care to improve quality of life

Victoria A. Sardi Brown, Ph.D., L.P.C.
Co-Founder and President
The Mattie Miracle Cancer Foundation 


Heather Bowles, Ph.D.
Senior Epidemiologist
NCI Division of Cancer Prevention

Frank Perna, Ed.D., Ph.D.
Program Director
NCI Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences

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