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Resources for Physical Activity in Cancer Centers in the United States

Kristina Karvinen

Lucas J. Carr

Clare Stevinson

physical activity, exercise, survivorship program, supportive care
CJON 2013, 17(6), E71-E76. DOI: 10.1188/13.CJON.E71-E76

Physical activity (PA) has many benefits for cancer survivors. However, the available PA resources for survivors at cancer centers throughout the United States are undocumented. The current study surveyed major cancer centers concerning the availability and types (e.g., facilities, programs, counseling, information resources) of PA resources available. Of supportive care services, PA resources were the least commonly reported. Significant correlations were found among availability of PA resources and other supportive care services. Although many cancer centers reported offering PA programming, formal and informal PA guidance and support seem to fall on oncology nurses and other clinicians. Oncology nurses should be reminded that they may be one of the only sources of PA guidance available to survivors at cancer centers.

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