Cancer Survivors Need to be Advised on Healthful Lifestyle Changes

Share this content:
Oncology care teams should provide guidance on lifestyle change as part of survivorship care for cancer patients.
Oncology care teams should provide guidance on lifestyle change as part of survivorship care for cancer patients.

Clinical interventions should be implemented to help cancer survivors make lifestyle behavior changes, according to research published online in CA: A Cancer Journal for Clinicians.

Wendy Demark-Wahnefried, Ph.D., R.D., from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, and colleagues reviewed current diet and physical activity guidelines for cancer survivors and the evidence supporting these recommendations.

The authors note that the Institute of Medicine endorses the importance of weight management, physical activity, and a healthful diet as components of cancer care and survivorship care.

As part of survivorship care, oncologists and oncology care teams should provide advice on lifestyle change. Healthful lifestyle changes include integration of weight management between oncology and primary care providers, receipt of specialized care to improve lifestyle behaviors, nutrition counseling, exercise training, and provision of other resources for the oncology care community and cancer survivors.

RELATED: ASCO Endorses American Cancer Society Prostate Cancer Survivorship Care Guidelines

Future research should further define the benefits of lifestyle changes in cancer survivors, and determine the most efficacious interventions and the populations that are most likely to benefit.

"As evidence supporting the role of lifestyle change in cancer populations continues to grow, infrastructure to support these programs and coverage for these services is needed to ensure that cancer patients are able to optimize cancer-specific and overall outcomes in the years after cancer diagnosis," the authors write.


  1. Demark-Wahnefried, Wendy, PhD, RD, et al. "Practical clinical interventions for diet, physical activity, and weight control in cancer survivors." CA: A Cancer Journal for Clinicians. DOI: 10.3322/caac.21265. February 13, 2015.

Related Resources

You must be a registered member of Cancer Therapy Advisor to post a comment.

Sign Up for Free e-newsletters

Regimen and Drug Listings


Bone Cancer Regimens Drugs
Brain Cancer Regimens Drugs
Breast Cancer Regimens Drugs
Endocrine Cancer Regimens Drugs
Gastrointestinal Cancer Regimens Drugs
Gynecologic Cancer Regimens Drugs
Head and Neck Cancer Regimens Drugs
Hematologic Cancer Regimens Drugs
Lung Cancer Regimens Drugs
Other Cancers Regimens
Prostate Cancer Regimens Drugs
Rare Cancers Regimens
Renal Cell Carcinoma Regimens Drugs
Skin Cancer Regimens Drugs
Urologic Cancers Regimens Drugs