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Oncologists' Attitudes and Practice of Addressing Diet, Physical Activity, and Weight Management With Patients With Cancer: Findings of an ASCO Survey of the Oncology Workforce.

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Ligibel, JA; Jones, LW; Brewster, AM; Clinton, SK; Korde, LA; Oeffinger, KC; Bender, CM; Tan, W; Merrill, JK; Katta, S; Alfano, CM
Published in: J Oncol Pract
June 2019

PURPOSE: Obesity and related factors have been linked to cancer risk and outcomes, but little information exists with regard to oncologists' attention to these issues as a part of clinical care. METHODS: Oncology providers actively caring for patients with cancer in the United States and internationally were asked to complete an online survey about practice patterns and perceptions with regard to obesity and weight management during and after active cancer treatment. RESULTS: Nine hundred seventy-one practicing oncology providers completed the survey. The majority of respondents indicated a belief that the evidence linking obesity to cancer outcomes was strong and that weight and related factors should be addressed as a part of cancer treatment. The majority of respondents also reported that they frequently assessed body weight and related factors as well as counsel their patients to exercise, consume a healthy diet, and lose weight, if applicable. However, referral to providers and programs to support weight loss and increased physical activity occurred less frequently, and a number of barriers were identified for the incorporation of weight management and physical activity programs in the treatment of patients with cancer. CONCLUSION: In a survey of oncology providers, attention to weight management, physical activity, and diet in patients with cancer was high during and after cancer treatment but often did not result in referrals to support lifestyle change. Future work is needed to support education and training of oncology providers to facilitate referrals and overcome barriers to implementation of weight management and physical activity programs for patients with cancer.

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J Oncol Pract

DOI

EISSN

1935-469X

Publication Date

June 2019

Volume

15

Issue

6

Start / End Page

e520 / e528

Location

United States

Related Subject Headings

  • Weight Loss
  • United States
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Referral and Consultation
  • Practice Patterns, Physicians'
  • Practice Guidelines as Topic
  • Oncology & Carcinogenesis
  • Oncologists
  • Obesity
  • Neoplasms
 

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Ligibel, J. A., Jones, L. W., Brewster, A. M., Clinton, S. K., Korde, L. A., Oeffinger, K. C., … Alfano, C. M. (2019). Oncologists' Attitudes and Practice of Addressing Diet, Physical Activity, and Weight Management With Patients With Cancer: Findings of an ASCO Survey of the Oncology Workforce. J Oncol Pract, 15(6), e520–e528. https://doi.org/10.1200/JOP.19.00124
Ligibel, Jennifer A., Lee W. Jones, Abenaa M. Brewster, Steven K. Clinton, Larissa A. Korde, Kevin C. Oeffinger, Catherine M. Bender, et al. “Oncologists' Attitudes and Practice of Addressing Diet, Physical Activity, and Weight Management With Patients With Cancer: Findings of an ASCO Survey of the Oncology Workforce.J Oncol Pract 15, no. 6 (June 2019): e520–28. https://doi.org/10.1200/JOP.19.00124.
Ligibel JA, Jones LW, Brewster AM, Clinton SK, Korde LA, Oeffinger KC, et al. Oncologists' Attitudes and Practice of Addressing Diet, Physical Activity, and Weight Management With Patients With Cancer: Findings of an ASCO Survey of the Oncology Workforce. J Oncol Pract. 2019 Jun;15(6):e520–8.
Ligibel, Jennifer A., et al. “Oncologists' Attitudes and Practice of Addressing Diet, Physical Activity, and Weight Management With Patients With Cancer: Findings of an ASCO Survey of the Oncology Workforce.J Oncol Pract, vol. 15, no. 6, June 2019, pp. e520–28. Pubmed, doi:10.1200/JOP.19.00124.
Ligibel JA, Jones LW, Brewster AM, Clinton SK, Korde LA, Oeffinger KC, Bender CM, Tan W, Merrill JK, Katta S, Alfano CM. Oncologists' Attitudes and Practice of Addressing Diet, Physical Activity, and Weight Management With Patients With Cancer: Findings of an ASCO Survey of the Oncology Workforce. J Oncol Pract. 2019 Jun;15(6):e520–e528.

Published In

J Oncol Pract

DOI

EISSN

1935-469X

Publication Date

June 2019

Volume

15

Issue

6

Start / End Page

e520 / e528

Location

United States

Related Subject Headings

  • Weight Loss
  • United States
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Referral and Consultation
  • Practice Patterns, Physicians'
  • Practice Guidelines as Topic
  • Oncology & Carcinogenesis
  • Oncologists
  • Obesity
  • Neoplasms