Childhood Cancer Survivors
Exercise is important for long-term health and development among childhood and adolescent cancer survivors.
Cancer treatments are often accompanied by several late-adverse effects (LAE), which have the potential to contribute to the development of chronic diseases. Common LAE can include impaired growth, cognitive dysfunction, compromised cardiopulmonary and metabolic function, as well as musculoskeletal disturbances.
The Clinical Oncology Society of Australia (COSA) recommend that exercise should be part of standard practice in cancer care and is a safe and effective intervention to counteract many of the adverse physical and psychological effects of cancer and its treatment. In the past, both youth and adults were advised to recover in bed and rest as much as possible. Current recommendations encourage exercise to commence shortly after treatment.