Moving Through Cancer

An initiative started the American College of Sports Medicine

Exercise Oncology is the study of how physical fitness can enhance the lives of people with cancer and cancer survivors. While the role of exercise has been well studied in conditions like cardiovascular disease, diabetes and mental health – there seems to be less attention paid to the role of exercise with cancer, despite the major burden cancer has in our society.

Fortunately, there has been tremendous growth over the past 10-15 years. In 2018, a second roundtable of international experts took place to update previous findings and recommendations about Exercise and Cancer Prevention and Control. The experts reviewed eligible medical studies that have been completed to draw conclusions and make recommendations. The meeting also led the launch of a new initiative, Moving Through Cancer, spearheaded by Dr. Kathryn Schmitz and the American College of Sports Medicine.

The mission of Moving Through Cancer is to assure that all people living with and beyond cancer are assessed, advised, referred to and engaged in appropriate exercise and rehabilitation programming as a standard of care. The patient is at the center of this effort and the vision is that everyone is aware of the benefits of physical activity and exercise.

Below are some key points we believe you should know based on this historic roundtable and inspiring initiative. 


Additional images, along with a searchable registry to help health care providers, exercise professionals and patients find appropriately trained professionals and programs in their communities can be found on the Moving Through Cancer website.