CFFL Published Articles

1. Model for a Community-Based Exercise Program for Cancer Survivors: Taking Patient Care to the Next Level

By Barbara K. Haas, PhD, RN, and Gary Kimmel, MD, College of Nursing, University of Texas at Tyler; Cancer Foundation For Life, Tyler, TX, Published Journal of Oncology Practice Vol. 7 Issue 4 July 2011

This article describes the development and refinement of a not-for-profit, community-based exercise program, the Cancer Foundation For Life® (CFFL), designed to improve quality of life (QOL) for persons with cancer, regardless of type or stage of disease. The CFFL program provides a cost- effective and safe exercise program for persons with all types and stages of cancer that meets the recommended guidelines of the American College of Sports Medicine.

2. Community-Based FitSTEPS for Life Exercise Program for Persons With Cancer: 5-Year Evaluation

By Barbara K. Haas, PhD, Gary Kimmel, MD, Melinda Hermanns, PhD, and Belinda Deal, PhDThe University of Texas at Tyler; and Cancer Foundation for Life, Tyler, TXPublished Journal of Oncology Practice Vol. 8, issue 6 Nov. 2012

This article describes the effects of the community-based program, Cancer Foundation For Life®, of exercise on the quality of life (QOL) of persons over time. The research from the 5-year study introduces the concept of a long-term community-based program of individualized exercise as a feasibly and effective intervention to improve the QOL for persons with all stages of cancer. Improvements, noted at the 3-month time point, appear to be sustainable for extended time (24 months). Results from this study have significance for practice recommendations and health policy reimbursement issues.

3. The Role of Exercise in Cancer Treatment: Bridging the Gap

By Gary Kimmel, MD, Barbara K. Haas, PhD, and Melinda Hermanns, PhD, The University of Texas at Tyler; and Cancer Foundation for Life, Tyler, TX, American College of Sports Medicine, Current Sports Medicine Reports, Vol. 13, issue 4 July/August 2014.

Major stakeholders in cancer management recommend that exercise be provided for cancer patients during and following treatment. The rationale and method for the establishment of exercise as a beneficial cancer treatment were presented. Implementation of exercise as cancer treatment is illustrated from the experience of a community-based FitSTEPS for Life® model. A Standard of Care Model was recommended to bridge the gap between the scientific evidence of exercise benefits and its lack of incorporation as a routine treatment in oncology practice. Failure to provide such a model to oncologists makes the incorporation of an optimally beneficial exercise intervention into clinical practice problematic. An action plan has been proposed to achieve this initiative. It is time for exercise to play a major role in cancer treatment.

CSMR The Role of Exercise in Cancer Treatment: Bridging the Gap