Get Up, Get Moving is a national quality campaign developed by ONS member experts to encourage oncology nurses to implement an evidence-based change in practice and recommend physical activity to patients with cancer during cancer treatment.
The aim of this national quality campaign is to provide the education and resources necessary to increase the frequency with which oncology nurses recommend individualized physical activity to patients with cancer.
Oncology nurses will provide individualized physical recommendations for physical activity to 100,000 or more patients receiving any treatment modality—chemotherapy, radiation, and immunotherapy—for cancer in 2016.
Multiple organizations, including the American Cancer Society, American College of Sports Medicine, National Comprehensive Cancer Network, U.S. Department of Health and Human Resources, and ONS, recommend physical activity for cancer survivors in active treatment and during the survivorship phase of cancer care.
A national pilot study of the ONS Quality Measures found less than 10% of a sample of patients receiving IV chemotherapy or in the first 12 months after treatment for breast cancer were given recommendations for physical activity as a part of cancer care to manage cancer and treatment related symptoms.
Research evidence supports that physical activity during cancer treatment significantly decreases disease and treatment-related fatigue. Along with fatigue, this intervention may improve quality of life by
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Continue your nursing education with the Incorporating Physical Activity Into Cancer Care (IPAC) course. Currently, approximately 60 nurses and other healthcare professionals have completed the course and have reported helping 590 patients set physical activity goals. For those patients, a total of 1,190 physical activity recommendations were made, indicating that nurses developed skills and confidence in making such recommendations to patients with cancer. Take the IPAC course and learn how to lead the campaign in your work site.
View our nurse and patient teaching videos and incorporate these resources into your cancer treatment education programs.
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