Project Collection "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. Physiotherapy, the University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia
2. Health Services Research: Allied Health, Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, Melbourne, Australia
Interests: cancer prehabilitation and rehabilitation; exercise oncology; cancer associated cachexia and sarcopenia; physical activity
Rollins School of Public Health, Atlanta, GA, USA
Interests: cancer prevention; tobacco control and diagnosis
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 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 1800 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.


  • cancer
  • exercise
  • toxicity
  • quality of life

Published Papers (1 paper)


Social Support Behaviours and Barriers in Group Online Exercise Classes for Adults Living with and beyond Cancer: A Qualitative Study
Curr. Oncol. 2023, 30(4), 3735-3754; - 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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