Cancer exercise app design Tailored exercise for people living with and beyond cancer

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Anna L. Schwartz
Will Helling
Stacy Griffin
Stephanmie Mikuls
Brad Weber


Background: Exercise is important for the health of people living with and beyond cancer. Yet most cancer survivors do not receive advice or referral to exercise oncology rehabilitation programs. A smartphone delivered exercise oncology app could minimize many of the barriers to exercise that these individuals face. Objective: To develop an exercise oncology application that provides a tailored exercise program (based on exercise history, current physical function, etc.) and adapts to user’s fatigue levels to minimize many of the barriers faced by clinicians, patients and people in underserved areas. Methods: The algorithms in the app were developed based on previous research. The individualized exercise prescription is based on the user’s daily level of fatigue, and if the user is on treatment, type and duration of treatment, and current fitness level. Results: Developed an easy to navigate, read and use app with reminders to exercise and positive feedback for reaching one’s goals. Conclusion: Cancer Exercise is a unique app that provides a tailored exercise oncology program for cancer survivors. Additional research is needed to see how the app may benefit people living in rural and underserved communities.

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Schwartz, A. L., Helling, W., Griffin, S., Mikuls, S., & Weber, B. (2024). Cancer exercise app design: Tailored exercise for people living with and beyond cancer. Physical Activity, Exercise and Cancer, 1(1), 14–22.
Exercise and cancer survivors
Author Biography

Anna L. Schwartz, University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC)

College of Nursing.


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