Alyssa Le, Hannah-Rose Mitchell, Daniel J. Zheng, Jaime Rotatori, John T. Fahey, Kirsten K. Ness, Nina S. Kaden-Lottick
More than 80% of children currently treated for cancer will be cured.
Unfortunately, over 70% of long-term survivors will develop at least one chronic health condition within 30 years from diagnosis as a complication from their cancer treatment.
Well-documented late effects include cardiomyopathy, obesity, hyperlipidemia, osteoporosis, insulin resistance, persistent fatigue, and subsequent cancers.
Participation in regular moderately intensive physical activity may help minimize many of these complications
Physical activity can also have a positive impact on quality of life.
Unfortunately, several studies have shown that childhood cancer survivors engage in physical activity at similar or even lower rates than their peers in the general population, who themselves are alarmingly sedentary.