Building on the Duke Cancer Institute’s strong reputation in research, the Duke Center for Cancer Survivorship is involved in research to investigate the impact of exercise, nutrition, and general fitness in cancer treatment and survivorship.
Fitness and physical ability play an important role in the quality of life of cancer patients, both during and after treatment.
Cancer survivors are more vulnerable to declines in physical ability because of the direct effects of therapy, multiple diseases in the body, and secondary effects of treatment, such as declines in exercise levels.
Poor fitness increases the risk of several key survivorship issues, including injury, fatigue, depression, chronic diseases, and possibly even cancer recurrence and long-term survival.
Under the leadership of Lee Jones, PhD, the scientific director of the Duke Center for Cancer Survivorship, our program brings together Duke scientists and clinicians from diverse fields to determine the impact of cancer and related treatments as well as the role of interventions -- primarily nutrition and exercise -- to prevent or minimize injury.
The Duke Cancer Institute is implementing a personalized approach to this effort -- gathering data that will allow physicians to optimize care for each individual patient.
Three clinical trials are currently underway that are examining the effects of exercise among:
Browse current clinical studies related to survivorship and quality of life: