Exercise, Emotional Health, and Long-Term Care: Highlights from the 2017 Cancer Survivorship Symposium: Advancing Care and Research

January 23, 2017

More people are surviving cancer than ever before. But what tends to get overlooked is the impact of cancer on patients’, and their partners’, physical and emotional health during and beyond the period of active treatment. The 2017 Cancer Survivorship Symposium: Advancing Care and Research, held January 27 and 28 in San Diego, CA, is designed to help partners in the cancer care system understand the needs of survivors and to help develop models of care that can support survivors. share on twitter In this podcast, Lidia Schapira, MD, FASCO, highlights some of the research that will be presented at this collaborative meeting that brings together primary care physicians, oncologists, patient advocates, and others.

These highlights include:

  • A study on the value of exercise and its impact on quality of life for patients who are in active treatment. Interestingly, the findings include that some of the main barriers that keep people from starting or sticking with exercise are psychological [1:17].

  • Research on how a cancer diagnosis affects the emotional health of partners of people with cancer, in this case partners and spouses of young women with breast cancer [4:17].

  • A study on the physical symptoms and long-term health effects of treatment in survivors of thyroid cancer that was diagnosed between 1997 and 2012 [7:47].

Dr. Schapira is Editor in Chief of Cancer.Net, Associate Professor of Medicine at Stanford University School of Medicine, and Director of Cancer Survivorship at the Stanford Comprehensive Cancer Institute. She is also a co-author on the study about partners and spouses of young women with breast cancer.

This is a prerecorded audio podcast. It can be listened to online or downloaded (mp3) to your computer. A transcript of this podcast is also available. For more information, visit the Cancer.Net podcast page.