Editorial Board Members’ Collection Series in "Exercise and Cancer Management"

A project collection of Current Oncology (ISSN 1718-7729). This project collection belongs to the section "Palliative and Supportive Care".

Papers displayed on this page all arise from the same project. Editorial decisions were made independently of project staff and handled by the Editor-in-Chief or qualified Editorial Board members.

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1. Department of Physiotherapy, The University of Melbourne, Melbourne, VIC 3010, Australia
2. Department of Health Services Research, The Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, Melbourne, VIC 3000, Australia
Interests: cancer prehabilitation and rehabilitation; exercise oncology; cancer associated cachexia and sarcopenia; physical activity

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Rollins School of Public Health, Atlanta, GA, USA
Interests: cancer prevention; tobacco control and diagnosis

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Alberta Health Services, Edmonton, AB, Canada
Interests: cancer survivors; psychology; exercise; health

Project Overview

Dear Colleagues, 

Most malignancies are life-threatening diseases. Despite improved global efforts, tremendous strides in treating cancer, and improvements in overall survival, cancers, and their treatment, cause various toxicities, such as fatigue, cardiotoxicity, pain, cognitive impairment, neurotoxicity, and weakened quality of life (QoL). These toxicities and associated health problems may be ameliorated by exercise in these patients as well as survivors. However, the underlying biological mechanisms and definitive clinical guidelines are still uncharted and the need of the hour is to generate evidence-based scientific data on the potential role of exercise as an integral component of cancer management.

We are pleased to announce this Special Issue titled "Editorial Board Members’ Collection Series in "Exercise and Cancer Management"". This Special Issue, made up of papers collected from researchers invited by Editorial Board Members, aims to provide a venue for networking and communication between current oncology and scholars in the science of exercise and cancer. All papers will be published as fully open access after peer review. In this Special Issue, original research articles and critiques are welcome.

We look forward to receiving your contributions.

Prof. Dr. Linda Denehy
Dr. Ravi Mehrotra
Prof. Dr. Nicole Culos-Reed
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All submissions that pass pre-check are peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the collection website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Current Oncology is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 2200 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.

Keywords

  • cancer
  • exercise
  • toxicity
  • quality of life

Published Papers (2 papers)

2023

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Feasibility and Implementation of an Oncology Rehabilitation Triage Clinic: Assessing Rehabilitation, Exercise Need, and Triage Pathways within the Alberta Cancer Exercise–Neuro-Oncology Study
by Lauren C. Capozzi, Julia T. Daun, George J. Francis, Marie de Guzman Wilding, Gloria Roldan Urgoiti, David Langelier and Nicole Culos-Reed
Curr. Oncol. 2023, 30(7), 6220-6245; https://doi.org/10.3390/curroncol30070461 - 28 Jun 2023
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Individuals living with and beyond cancer face physical impairment and inactivity in survivorship. Neuro-oncology populations have especially high rates of sedentary behaviour and functional deficits, including impaired balance, motor skills, and cognition. Our purpose was to assess the rehabilitation and exercise needs of [...] Read more.
Individuals living with and beyond cancer face physical impairment and inactivity in survivorship. Neuro-oncology populations have especially high rates of sedentary behaviour and functional deficits, including impaired balance, motor skills, and cognition. Our purpose was to assess the rehabilitation and exercise needs of patients with brain tumours while examining the feasibility of a rehabilitation triage clinic as a part of the Alberta Cancer Exercise–Neuro-Oncology study, where patients were referred to a triage clinic, where health, neurologic, and functional status was assessed, followed by a referral to one or multiple resources, including exercise, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, or physiatry. Qualitative perception of the triage clinic was collected. Overall, the triage clinic was feasible and safe for participants, facilitating referral into rehabilitation and exercise resources. Pre-determined enrollment and attendance rates were met, but referral rates to the triage clinic were not met. Oncology clinic staff reported forgetting to refer patients or uncertainty of who was appropriate for rehabilitation as barriers. Oncology clinic-based screening may improve the identification of patients who are sedentary or have a physical impairment. A proposed screening tool, the Cancer Rehabilitation and Exercise Screening Tool (CREST), is presented within our Cancer Rehabilitation and Exercise Pathways Model. The CREST can identify patients who are sedentary or have a functional impairment, facilitating referral to appropriate rehabilitation resources and ultimately improving patient recovery and functioning. Full article
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Social Support Behaviours and Barriers in Group Online Exercise Classes for Adults Living with and beyond Cancer: A Qualitative Study
by Bobbie-Ann P. Craig, Meghan H. McDonough, S. Nicole Culos-Reed and William Bridel
Curr. Oncol. 2023, 30(4), 3735-3754; https://doi.org/10.3390/curroncol30040284 - 28 Mar 2023
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Social support can be facilitated through exercise programs for people living with cancer, but there is limited research on how best to foster it in online exercise oncology classes. This study examined current training that fitness professionals receive on the provision and facilitation [...] Read more.
Social support can be facilitated through exercise programs for people living with cancer, but there is limited research on how best to foster it in online exercise oncology classes. This study examined current training that fitness professionals receive on the provision and facilitation of social support, experiences people living with cancer have with social support, and supportive behaviours and barriers for providing and obtaining support in online group exercise oncology programs in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Guided by interpretive description methodology, training materials were reviewed, observations of fitness professional training and online exercise classes (n = 10) were conducted, and adults living with and beyond cancer (n = 19) and fitness professionals (n = 15) were interviewed. These data were collected from January 2021 to June 2021. Analysis of the data collected resulted in the identification of three themes: Creating a welcoming environment, helping improve exercise ability and reach goals, and learning to provide and facilitate support online. A catalogue of supportive behaviours that can help to provide and facilitate and barriers that can hinder the provision and obtaining of social support in exercise oncology classes is presented. The findings provide guidance when structuring online classes and inform developing strategies for fitness professionals to use in online classes to foster social support by considering the wants and needs of participants, facilitating support between participants with similar experiences and interests, and integrating support into physical activity. Full article
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