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Exercise and Physical Fitness in Older Cancer Survivors

ByKerry S. Courneya, Margaret L. McNeely, Kristina H. Karvinen, Christopher M. Sellar

Exercise is considered a foundational behavior for human health and well-being in almost all populations including older adults (65 years of age) and most chronic disease populations. Cancer is one chronic disease, however, where the benefits and risks of exercise are only beginning to be described. Moreover, what little is known about exercise in cancer survivors is derived largely from research on middle-aged and younger survivors despite the fact that the majority of people diagnosed with cancer are older adults. In the present chapter, we review the potential role of exercise in attenuating the effects of cancer and its treatments in older cancer survivors.