Contemporary discussions on strategies to optimize cancer survivorship include a high priority for the role of exercise. Exercise has shown to improve pre-, peri, and post-treatment physical and psychosocial wellbeing in many cancers during a variety of treatments. The breadth of evidence describing these benefits continues to grow at an unmatched rate in the field of complimentary therapies in oncology. In the video below delivered at the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre’s Radiation Medicine Program Lunch and Learn, Dr. Santa Mina highlights some of the research in exercise during the cancer experience, with reference to current guidelines for cancer-exercise practitioners, and opportunities for further study for researchers.
Dr. Daniel Santa Mina is a Clinician-Scientist at ELLICSR: Health, Wellness and Cancer Survivorship Center and Manager of the Wellness & Exercise for Cancer Survivors (WE-Can) program at the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre. Dr. Santa Mina is also Head of the Kinesiology Program at the University of Guelph-Humber. He is an Exercise Physiologist with the Canadian Society of Exercise Physiology, Registered Kinesiologist (CKO), and obtained his training as a Cancer Exercise Specialist from the University of Northern Colorado at the Rocky Mountain Cancer Rehabilitation Institute. Dr. Santa Mina received his PhD in 2013 from York University with a specific research focus on the psychosocial and physiological benefits of exercise for men receiving androgen deprivation therapy for prostate cancer. In 2014, Dr. Santa Mina completed his Post-Doctoral Fellowship in the Department of Surgical Oncology at the Princess Margaret examining the role of exercise on surgical outcomes for men with prostate cancer.
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