Guidelines and Position Statements

Check out some of the Australian and international guidelines and position statements that have been developed in the area of physical activity and cancer, where possible focusing on children. We are still on the hunt for all that exists in this area, so if you know of any that we have missed out please let us know by sending us a message.


childhood cancer physical activity

A practical guide to keeping active during cancer treatment (Edition 1)
First published March 2018
Paediatric Integrated Cancer Service

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This booklet is for children and adolescents with cancer, and their parents and carers, to learn about the benefits of physical activity during cancer treatment. Cancer treatment is a stressful time and can cause major disruptions to normal routines. The thought of exercising during cancer treatment may seem daunting and unachievable; however, it is possible to stay active. This booklet offers tips and ideas to help get into a more active daily routine, as well as information about when you might need to ask for help from a healthcare professional.


pediatric oncology exercise manual (POEM)

Family Version (1st Edition)
Health and Wellness Lab
Faculty of Kinseology, University of Calgary

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POEM is an opportunity for health professionals,school staff, community members, parents and chil- dren involved in the cancer experience to become comfortable with one principle: physical activity issafe and beneficial for a child with cancer. This istrue from diagnosis, through treatment (even when in hospital) and for the lifetime of any survivor.



Published April 2018
Clinical Oncology Society of Australia

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COSA calls for:
- Exercise to be embedded as part of standard practice in cancer care and to be viewed as an adjunct therapy that helps counteract the adverse effects of cancer and its treatment
- All members of the multidisciplinary cancer team to promote physical activity and recommend people with cancer adhere to exercise guidelines
- Best practice cancer care to include referral to an accredited exercise physiologist and/or physiotherapist with experience in cancer care

All people with cancer should avoid inactivity and return to normal daily activities as soon as possible following diagnosis (i.e. be as physically active as current abilities and conditions allow).