Why has iPOEG been created?
Among children and adolescents with cancer, there are a number of short (e.g., nausea, vomiting) and long-term (e.g., fatigue, neuropathy) side effects associated with various treatments. However, physical activity has been effective to help mitigate some of these side effects and improve physical (e.g., cancer-related fatigue, fitness, coordination) and psychosocial factors (e.g., mood, anxiety, quality of life).
Despite this evidence, there are no internationally agreed-upon movement guidelines for children and adolescents affected by cancer. To address this, we established an international team and identified the best available evidence. We are combining this expertise with the evidence to develop the iPOEG.
What is next for the iPOEG?
We are developing an iPOEG Toolkit to help healthcare providers, support organizations, exercise professionals, and parents to help promote movement for the children and adolescents affected by cancer in their lives. We are also developing an iPOEG Toolkit specifically for child and adolescents affected by cancer to help them through their cancer journey.
Resources coming soon.
Wurz A, McLaughlin E, Lategan C, Ellis K, Culos-Reed SN. Synthesizing the literature on physical activity among children and adolescents affected by cancer: evidence for the international Pediatric Oncology Exercise Guidelines (iPOEG). Translational Behavioral Medicine. 2021;, ibaa136. https://doi.org/10.1093/tbm/ibaa136
Wurz A, McLaughlin E, Chamorro Viña C, Grimshaw SL, Hamari L, Götte M, Kesting S, Rossi F, van der Torre P, Guilcher GMT, McIntyre K, Culos-Reed SN. Advancing the field of pediatric exercise oncology: Research and innovation needs. Current Oncology. 2021; 28(1):619-629. https://doi.org/10.3390/curroncol28010061
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