American College of Sports Medicine Issues New Guidelines on Exercise

By Lana Maciel, MD Anderson Staff Writer

For cancer patients undergoing treatment for their disease, doctors are offering a new kind of prescription—exercise.

Despite beliefs that patients should rest as much as possible during therapy, a new set of guidelines from the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) indicates that exercise is actually beneficial for patients and survivors.

The ACSM’s message to avoid inactivity stems from a recent review of published studies on the safety and effectiveness of exercise during and after cancer treatment.

Learn more on the effect of exercise during/after cancer treatment.