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Recognizing Barriers to Physical Activity and Exercise in Survivors of Head and Neck Cancer

Recognizing Barriers to Physical Activity and Exercise in Survivors of Head and Neck Cancer CLINICAL CONVERSATION Recognizing Barriers to Physical Activity and Exercise in Survivors of Head and Neck Cancer Bryan A. Spinelli, PT, PhD Assistant Professor, Department of Physical Therapy, College of Rehabilitation Sciences, Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, PA Physical activity and exercise provide numerous The fact that a majority of survivors of HNC do not health benefits to persons diagnosed with cancer. Be- achieve physical activity and exercise recommendations is ing physically active and exercising may mitigate func- not all that surprising. There are a number of barriers or tional decline, address treatment-related side effects, in- factors that hinder participation in regular physical activity 8-10 fluence cancer biology, and improve the efficacy of cancer and exercise in survivors of HNC. Possible barriers to 1-3 treatments. Over the past decade, multiple groups have physical activity and exercise in survivors of HNC can be published guidelines for physical activity and exercise in found in the Table. These barriers can be broadly charac- persons diagnosed with cancer. The American Cancer So- terized as physical (treatment-related side effects such as ciety Head and Neck Cancer Survivorship Care Guideline fatigue, dry mouth, etc), behavioral (lack of time, fear of recommends that clinicians should counsel survivors of http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Rehabilitation Oncology Wolters Kluwer Health

Recognizing Barriers to Physical Activity and Exercise in Survivors of Head and Neck Cancer

Rehabilitation Oncology , Volume 39 (4) – Oct 1, 2021

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Wolters Kluwer Health
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© 2021 Academy of Oncologic Physical Therapy, APTA.
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2168-3808
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2381-2427
DOI
10.1097/01.reo.0000000000000272
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Abstract

CLINICAL CONVERSATION Recognizing Barriers to Physical Activity and Exercise in Survivors of Head and Neck Cancer Bryan A. Spinelli, PT, PhD Assistant Professor, Department of Physical Therapy, College of Rehabilitation Sciences, Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, PA Physical activity and exercise provide numerous The fact that a majority of survivors of HNC do not health benefits to persons diagnosed with cancer. Be- achieve physical activity and exercise recommendations is ing physically active and exercising may mitigate func- not all that surprising. There are a number of barriers or tional decline, address treatment-related side effects, in- factors that hinder participation in regular physical activity 8-10 fluence cancer biology, and improve the efficacy of cancer and exercise in survivors of HNC. Possible barriers to 1-3 treatments. Over the past decade, multiple groups have physical activity and exercise in survivors of HNC can be published guidelines for physical activity and exercise in found in the Table. These barriers can be broadly charac- persons diagnosed with cancer. The American Cancer So- terized as physical (treatment-related side effects such as ciety Head and Neck Cancer Survivorship Care Guideline fatigue, dry mouth, etc), behavioral (lack of time, fear of recommends that clinicians should counsel survivors of

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Rehabilitation OncologyWolters Kluwer Health

Published: Oct 1, 2021

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