Sport activities and exercise as part of routine cancer care in children and adolescents

Filippo Spreafico, Michele Murelli, Brian W. Timmons, Maura Massimino, Ronald Barr

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The burden of morbidities affecting cardiovascular and musculoskeletal systems, metabolism, and psychosocial health in young patients with cancer is high. It is alarming that patients and survivors of childhood cancer are less physically active than their healthy peers, since exercise may improve many of these conditions significantly and is associated with reduction in all-cause mortality in the general population. Systematic integration of exercise programing into cancer care remains an exception, above all in children. Pediatric oncologists may contribute to a culture shift towards educating patients and stakeholders on the benefit of exercise and sports for children and adolescents with cancer.

Original languageEnglish
Article numbere27826
JournalPediatric Blood and Cancer
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2019


  • childhood cancer
  • exercise
  • physical activity
  • sports

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Hematology
  • Oncology


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