Molecular Carcinogenesis Program, Instituto Nacional de Câncer, Brasil
*Corresponding author:Luis Felipe Ribeiro Pinto, Molecular Carcinogenesis Program, Instituto Nacional de Câncer, Rio de Janeiro-RJ, Brasil
Submission: March 29, 2019 Published: April 23, 2019
A growing body of evidence suggests that higher levels of physical activity are inversely associated with treatment side-effects and mortality in cancer survivors. Conversely, a limited percentage of cancer patients achieve physical activity goals and fitness compared with age-matched peers or other chronic medical conditions. In the last years, the next generation of activity trackers has integrated several parameters of physical fitness and mobility measurements. These multi-task devices go beyond objective physical activity measurements. Due to its functioning based on integrated platforms, clinicians may experience a unique opportunity to incorporate more active behaviors into their patients’ lives. This mini-review will discuss the advantages, challenges and future directions of most recent activity trackers in oncology.
Keywords: Wearable technology; Cancer survivors; Physical activity; Fitness