APS Annual Meeting at Experimental Biology

Exercise and Cancer Care: From the Bench to the Clinic

Featured Topic — Tuesday, April 5, 2022 — 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM — Convention Center, Room 203B
Environmental and Exercise Physiology Section — Chair: Ashley J Smuder — Co-Chair: Erin E Talbert

Complications from cancer treatment often elicit debilitating side effects such as neuropathy, pain,
nausea, muscle wasting, and cardiovascular complications. These treatment toxicities can result in
termination or reduction in treatment, increased patient mortality, and/or the development of
lifelong comorbidity. Although no standard of care exists to prevent these detrimental consequences
on overall patient survival and quality of life, exercise is increasingly being used as a therapeutic to
reduce side effects from cancer treatment. Current work in this area has focused on the beneficial
adaptations to exercise in both basic science and clinical populations to develop effective exercise
prescriptions to mitigate cancer treatment-related toxicities. The goal of this featured topic is to
explore the molecular and physiological basis of exercise as a therapeutic tool to prevent both the
acute and lasting detrimental side effects of cancer care. Dr. Reid Hayward will open this featured
topic by delivering his perspective of preclinical and clinical progress made in the field of exercise
oncology over the past 20 years. This will set the stage for the presentation of abstracts which we
anticipate will highlight both current basic science and clinical findings. This would include but not be
limited to abstracts describing current evidence related to the effects of exercise as a preventive or
rehabilitative strategy to preserve and improve the quality of life outcomes of cancer patients and as
an investigative tool to uncover novel molecular signaling pathways contributing to the protective
effects of exercise to combat cancer treatment related toxicities.


  • Introduction
    Ashley J Smuder — Applied Physiology and Kinesiology, University of Florida
    8:30 AM - 8:35 AM

  • Curing the Cure: Lessons Learned from Two Decades of Basic and Clinical Research
    Reid Hayward — School of Sport and Exercise Science, University of Northern Colorado
    8:35 AM - 9:00 AM

  • Close
    Erin E Talbert — Health and Human Physiology, University of Iowa
    9:55 AM - 10:00 AM

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