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Cancer survivors are often highly motivated to seek information about food choices, physical activity, and dietary supplements to improve their treatment outcomes, quality of life, and overall survival. To address these concerns, the American Cancer Society (ACS) convened a group of experts in nutrition, physical activity, and cancer survivorship to evaluate the scientific evidence and best clinical practices related to optimal nutrition and physical activity after the diagnosis of cancer. This report summarizes their findings and is intended to present health care providers with the best possible information with which to help cancer survivors and their families make informed choices related to nutrition and physical activity. The report discusses nutrition and physical activity guidelines during the continuum of cancer care, briefly highlighting important issues during cancer treatment and for patients with advanced cancer, but focusing largely on the needs of the population of individuals who are disease free or who have stable disease following their recovery from treatment. It also discusses select nutrition and physical activity issues such as body weight, food choices, food safety, and dietary supplements; issues related to selected cancer sites; and common questions about diet, physical activity, and cancer survivorship. CA Cancer J Clin 2012. © 2012 American Cancer Society.

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: https://doi.org/10.3322/caac.21142

Affiliations: 1: Professor, Department of Family and Preventive Medicine, School of Medicine, University of California, San Diego, La Jolla, CA 2: Director, Nutrition and Physical Activity, Cancer Control Science, American Cancer Society, Atlanta, GA 3: Professor and Webb Endowed Chair of Nutrition Sciences, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, AL 4: Associate Professor of Medicine, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA 5: Professor and Canada Research Chair in Physical Activity and Cancer, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada 6: Affiliate Professor, University of Washington, Seattle, WA, Associate Professor, Idaho State University, Pocatello, ID 7: Associate Professor, Department of Epidemiology, The Cancer Institute of New Jersey, New Brunswick, NJ 8: Outpatient Oncology Dietitian, Carol G. Simon Cancer Center, Morristown Memorial Hospital, Morristown, NJ 9: Oncology Nutritionist, Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center Cancer Care Center, Boise, ID 10: Nutritional Epidemiologist, Epidemiology and Surveillance Research, American Cancer Society, Atlanta, GA 11: Associate Dean for Public Health Practice, Colorado School of Public Health, Associate Director for Cancer Prevention and Control, University of Colorado Cancer Center, Aurora, CO 12: Director, Medical Content, American Cancer Society, Atlanta, GA

Publication date: 2012-07-01

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