ACSM's Guide to Exercise and Cancer Survivorship


ACSM’s Guide to Exercise and Cancer Survivorship presents the science behind the benefits of exercise for cancer survival and survivorship as well as the application of that science to the design or adaptation of exercise programs for cancer patients and survivors. Developed by the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), this authoritative reference offers the most current information for health and fitness professionals working with survivors of many types of cancers.

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ACSM’s Guide to Exercise and Cancer Survivorship presents the science behind the benefits of exercise for cancer survival and survivorship as well as the application of that science to the design or adaptation of exercise programs for cancer patients and survivors. Developed by the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), this authoritative reference offers the most current information for health and fitness professionals working with survivors of many types of cancers.

Dr. Melinda L. Irwin has assembled a team of the most respected experts in the field of exercise and cancer survivorship. With an emphasis on practical application, the text discusses the following:

• Incidence and prevalence of the most common cancers

• Common cancer treatments and side effects

• Benefits of exercise after a diagnosis of cancer

• Exercise testing, prescription, and programming

• Nutrition and weight management

• Counseling for health behavior change

• Injury prevention

• Program administration

This guide presents evidence-based information to assist health, fitness, and medical professionals in using exercise to help cancer survivors with recovery, rehabilitation, and reducing the risk of recurrence. Throughout the text, readers will find quick-reference Take-Home Messages that highlight key information and how it can be applied in practice. Chapters also include reproducible forms and questionnaires to facilitate the implementation of an exercise program with a new client or patient, such as physician’s permission forms, medical and cancer treatment history forms, weekly logs of exercise and energy levels, medication listings, and nutrition and goal-setting questionnaires.

In addition, ACSM’s Guide to Exercise and Cancer Survivorship discusses all of the job task analysis points tested in the ACSM/ACS Certified Cancer Exercise Trainer (CET) exam, making this the most complete resource available for health and fitness professionals studying to attain CET certification. Each chapter begins with a list of the CET exam points discussed in that chapter. A complete listing is also included in the appendix. As both an essential preparation text for certification and a practical reference, ACSM’s Guide to Exercise and Cancer Survivorship will increase health and fitness professionals’ knowledge of the benefits of exercise after a cancer diagnosis as well as the specifics of developing and adapting exercise programs to meet the unique needs of cancer survivors.

Evidence has shown that physical activity has numerous health benefits for cancer patients and survivors. More clinicians and oncologists are recommending exercise as a strategy for reducing the side effects of treatment, speeding recovery, and improving overall quality of life. In turn, cancer survivors are seeking health and fitness professionals with knowledge and experience to help them learn how to exercise safely within their capabilities. With ACSM’s Guide to Exercise and Cancer Survivorship, health and fitness professionals can provide safe exercise programs to help cancer survivors improve their health, take proactive steps toward preventing recurrences, and enhance their quality of life.

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Editorial Reviews

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Reviewer: Erik H VanIterson, M.S., M.Bio(University of Minnesota School of Kinesiology)
Description: This is an excellent, scientific-based resource for cancer survivors and healthcare professionals who engage in recommending and leading exercise regimens for survivors. It is particularly useful as a primary learning tool for people interested in sitting for the ACSM Certified Cancer Exercise Trainer examination.
Purpose: The primary aim is to provide current, science-based recommendations for exercise prescription and guidelines that are specific for cancer survivors. Secondarily, it is meant to be a learning resource tool in practice settings for providers as well as clients. It helps to fill a gap in the study of exercise for special populations.
Audience: The intended audience includes students and health and fitness practitioners, and it is written methodically to be an excellent teaching resource for use in the classroom setting as well as in practice. Exercise physiologists, physical therapists, occupational therapists, and personal trainers in particular may benefit from the addition of this book to their library.
Features: Concise chapters cover descriptions of cancer to understanding how it doesn't need to be a limiting factor in exercise participation. The book does an excellent job of providing real-life examples and demonstrating how the recommendations can be implemented in everyday practice.
Assessment: Edited by one of the field's most respected scientists, this is an excellent contribution to the field of exercise science. It brings together some of the key findings in the study of exercise for cancer survivors and puts them into a short, informative book that is appropriate for use in both classroom and practice settings.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780736095648
  • Publisher: Human Kinetics Publishers
  • Publication date: 2/14/2012
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 1,338,285
  • Product dimensions: 8.60 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), founded in 1954, is the world’s largest sports medicine and exercise science organization with more than 45,000 national, regional, and international members and certified professionals in more than 90 countries. With professionals representing more than 70 occupations, ACSM offers a 360-degree view of sports medicine and exercise science. From academicians to students and from personal trainers to physicians, the association of sports medicine, exercise science, and health and fitness professionals is dedicated to helping people worldwide live longer, healthier lives through science, education, medicine, and policy.

About the Editor

Melinda L. Irwin, PhD, MPH, is an associate professor in the Yale School of Public Health and codirector of the cancer prevention and control research program at Yale Cancer Center. Dr. Irwin's research focuses on how exercise and weight influence cancer risk and survivorship. Dr. Irwin is the principal investigator of a number of research studies at Yale University and collaborates on various national projects and initiatives focused on exercise and cancer survivorship. She has received funding from the National Cancer Institute, American Cancer Society, Komen for the Cure, Lance Armstrong Foundation, and American Institute for Cancer Research and has published her research findings in top medical journals. Dr. Irwin also serves on various national advisory committees to develop consensus statements on physical activity, diet, weight control, and cancer prevention and control.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1. Diagnosis and Treatment of Cancer

Larissa A. Korde, MD, MPH

Cancer Incidence and Survival

Cancer Biology

Cancer Staging

Cancer Screening and Diagnosis

Cancer Recurrence Warning Signs



Chapter 2. Side Effects and Persistent Effects of Cancer Surgery and Treatment

Tara Sanft, MD, and Melinda L. Irwin, PhD, MPH

Side Effects of Cancer Surgery and Treatment

Recurrence, New Primaries, and Second Cancers



Chapter 3. Lifestyle Factors Associated With Cancer Incidence, Recurrence, and Survival

Heather K. Neilson, MSc, and Christine M. Friedenreich, PhD

Effect of Body Weight

Effect of Exercise

Effect of Diet



Chapter 4. Benefits of Physical Activity After a Cancer Diagnosis

Kristin L. Campbell, BSc PT, PhD

Physiological Effects of Exercise Training

Psychological Benefits of Exercise Training

Cancer-Specific Exercise Issues by Body System

Effects of Cancer Medications or Treatments on Designing an Exercise Program



Chapter 5. Cardiorespiratory Fitness Testing in Clients Diagnosed With Cancer

Lee W. Jones, PhD, and Claudio Battaglini, PhD

Administration of Cardiorespiratory Fitness Testing

Exercise Testing Safety



Chapter 6. Exercise Prescription and Programming Adaptations: Based on Surgery, Treatment, and Side Effects

Kathryn Schmitz, PhD, MPH

Health Promotion and Risk of Disease Reduction

Exercise Prescription Alterations to Address Individual Needs

Benefits and Risks of Exercise and Exercise Training

Exercise Prescription Individualization

Acute and Chronic Adverse Effects of Treatment

Setting Goals

Sample Exercise Prescriptions



Chapter 7. Nutrition and Weight Management

Stephanie Martch, MS, RD, LD, and Wendy Demark-Wahnefried, PhD, RD

Diet in Cancer Prevention, Control, and Overall Health

Weight Status and Body Composition

Weight and Height Assessment

Energy Consumption and Cancer

Diet Composition and Nutrition Status

Complementary Alternative Medicine and Functional Foods

Dietary Supplements




Chapter 8. Health Behavior Change Counseling

Karen Basen-Engquist, PhD, MPH; Heidi Perkins, PhD; and Daniel C. Hughes, PhD

Effect of Cancer on Readiness to Exercise

Theory-Based Methods and Exercise

Translating Theory Into Practice



Chapter 9. Safety, Injury Prevention, and Emergency Procedures

Anna L. Schwartz, PhD, FNP, FAAN

Cancer-Specific Safety Considerations

Emergency Procedures




Chapter 10. Program Administration

Carole M. Schneider, PhD

Designing a Cancer Rehabilitation Program

Cancer Rehabilitation Programs and Settings

Program Description and Operations

Policies and Procedures

Legal Issues and Documentation

Reimbursement Concerns

Community-Based Support



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