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ACSM's Guide to Exercise and Cancer Survivorship

ACSM's Guide to Exercise and Cancer Survivorship

$78.00 USD


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    ACSM’s Guide to Exercise and Cancer Survivorship presents the science behind the benefits of exercise for cancer survival and survivorship as well as the application of that science to the design or adaptation of exercise programs for cancer patients and survivors. Developed by the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), this authoritative reference offers the most current information for health and fitness professionals working with survivors of many types of cancers.

    Dr. Melinda L. Irwin has assembled a team of the most respected experts in the field of exercise and cancer survivorship. With an emphasis on practical application, the text discusses the following:

    • Incidence and prevalence of the most common cancers

    • Common cancer treatments and side effects

    • Benefits of exercise after a diagnosis of cancer

    • Exercise testing, prescription, and programming

    • Nutrition and weight management

    • Counseling for health behavior change

    • Injury prevention

    • Program administration

    This guide presents evidence-based information to assist health, fitness, and medical professionals in using exercise to help cancer survivors with recovery, rehabilitation, and reducing the risk of recurrence. Throughout the text, readers will find quick-reference Take-Home Messages that highlight key information and how it can be applied in practice. Chapters also include reproducible forms and questionnaires to facilitate the implementation of an exercise program with a new client or patient, such as physician’s permission forms, medical and cancer treatment history forms, weekly logs of exercise and energy levels, medication listings, and nutrition and goal-setting questionnaires.

    In addition, ACSM’s Guide to Exercise and Cancer Survivorship discusses all of the job task analysis points tested in the ACSM/ACS Certified Cancer Exercise Trainer (CET) exam, making this the most complete resource available for health and fitness professionals studying to attain CET certification. Each chapter begins with a list of the CET exam points discussed in that chapter. A complete listing is also included in the appendix. As both an essential preparation text for certification and a practical reference, ACSM’s Guide to Exercise and Cancer Survivorship will increase health and fitness professionals’ knowledge of the benefits of exercise after a cancer diagnosis as well as the specifics of developing and adapting exercise programs to meet the unique needs of cancer survivors.

    Evidence has shown that physical activity has numerous health benefits for cancer patients and survivors. More clinicians and oncologists are recommending exercise as a strategy for reducing the side effects of treatment, speeding recovery, and improving overall quality of life. In turn, cancer survivors are seeking health and fitness professionals with knowledge and experience to help them learn how to exercise safely within their capabilities. With ACSM’s Guide to Exercise and Cancer Survivorship, health and fitness professionals can provide safe exercise programs to help cancer survivors improve their health, take proactive steps toward preventing recurrences, and enhance their quality of life.


    A reference for health and fitness professionals and medical personnel such as personal trainers, fitness specialists, and physical therapists working with cancer patients and cancer survivors; also a preparation text for the ACSM/ACS Certified Cancer Exercise Trainer (CET) exam.

    Chapter 1. Diagnosis and Treatment of Cancer

    Larissa A. Korde, MD, MPH

    Cancer Incidence and Survival

    Cancer Biology

    Cancer Staging

    Cancer Screening and Diagnosis

    Cancer Recurrence Warning Signs



    Chapter 2. Side Effects and Persistent Effects of Cancer Surgery and Treatment

    Tara Sanft, MD, and Melinda L. Irwin, PhD, MPH

    Side Effects of Cancer Surgery and Treatment

    Recurrence, New Primaries, and Second Cancers



    Chapter 3. Lifestyle Factors Associated With Cancer Incidence, Recurrence, and Survival

    Heather K. Neilson, MSc, and Christine M. Friedenreich, PhD

    Effect of Body Weight

    Effect of Exercise

    Effect of Diet



    Chapter 4. Benefits of Physical Activity After a Cancer Diagnosis

    Kristin L. Campbell, BSc PT, PhD

    Physiological Effects of Exercise Training

    Psychological Benefits of Exercise Training

    Cancer-Specific Exercise Issues by Body System

    Effects of Cancer Medications or Treatments on Designing an Exercise Program



    Chapter 5. Cardiorespiratory Fitness Testing in Clients Diagnosed With Cancer

    Lee W. Jones, PhD, and Claudio Battaglini, PhD

    Administration of Cardiorespiratory Fitness Testing

    Exercise Testing Safety



    Chapter 6. Exercise Prescription and Programming Adaptations: Based on Surgery, Treatment, and Side Effects

    Kathryn Schmitz, PhD, MPH

    Health Promotion and Risk of Disease Reduction

    Exercise Prescription Alterations to Address Individual Needs

    Benefits and Risks of Exercise and Exercise Training

    Exercise Prescription Individualization

    Acute and Chronic Adverse Effects of Treatment

    Setting Goals

    Sample Exercise Prescriptions



    Chapter 7. Nutrition and Weight Management

    Stephanie Martch, MS, RD, LD, and Wendy Demark-Wahnefried, PhD, RD

    Diet in Cancer Prevention, Control, and Overall Health

    Weight Status and Body Composition

    Weight and Height Assessment

    Energy Consumption and Cancer

    Diet Composition and Nutrition Status

    Complementary Alternative Medicine and Functional Foods

    Dietary Supplements




    Chapter 8. Health Behavior Change Counseling

    Karen Basen-Engquist, PhD, MPH; Heidi Perkins, PhD; and Daniel C. Hughes, PhD

    Effect of Cancer on Readiness to Exercise

    Theory-Based Methods and Exercise

    Translating Theory Into Practice



    Chapter 9. Safety, Injury Prevention, and Emergency Procedures

    Anna L. Schwartz, PhD, FNP, FAAN

    Cancer-Specific Safety Considerations

    Emergency Procedures




    Chapter 10. Program Administration

    Carole M. Schneider, PhD

    Designing a Cancer Rehabilitation Program

    Cancer Rehabilitation Programs and Settings

    Program Description and Operations

    Policies and Procedures

    Legal Issues and Documentation

    Reimbursement Concerns

    Community-Based Support



    The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), founded in 1954, is the world’s largest sports medicine and exercise science organization with more than 45,000 national, regional, and international members and certified professionals in more than 90 countries. With professionals representing more than 70 occupations, ACSM offers a 360-degree view of sports medicine and exercise science. From academicians to students and from personal trainers to physicians, the association of sports medicine, exercise science, and health and fitness professionals is dedicated to helping people worldwide live longer, healthier lives through science, education, medicine, and policy.

    About the Editor

    Melinda L. Irwin, PhD, MPH, is an associate professor in the Yale School of Public Health and codirector of the cancer prevention and control research program at Yale Cancer Center. Dr. Irwin's research focuses on how exercise and weight influence cancer risk and survivorship. Dr. Irwin is the principal investigator of a number of research studies at Yale University and collaborates on various national projects and initiatives focused on exercise and cancer survivorship. She has received funding from the National Cancer Institute, American Cancer Society, Komen for the Cure, Lance Armstrong Foundation, and American Institute for Cancer Research and has published her research findings in top medical journals. Dr. Irwin also serves on various national advisory committees to develop consensus statements on physical activity, diet, weight control, and cancer prevention and control.

    "Concise chapters cover descriptions of cancer to understanding how it doesn't need to be a limiting factor in exercise participation. The book does an excellent job of providing real-life examples and demonstrating how the recommendations can be implemented in everyday practice."

    --Doody’s Book Review, 5-star review

    Customer Reviews

    Based on 6 reviews
    Jane Woolley
    Very Informative

    This text is easy to understand for the novice even though the content is comprehensive. i look forward to pursuing the certification. I purchased the hardcopy textbook.

    Mitchell Binkley

    ACSM's Guide to Exercise and Cancer Survivorship PDF

    Great purchase

    This book is a great purchase! I am looking forward to having the certification.

    Vic Arellano

    ACSM's Guide to Exercise and Cancer Survivorship

    Krysta Mayville

    I wish it was easier to access - via an app? But it was great! I printed it out so I had it as a hard copy.