The effect of resistance exercise on all-cause mortality in cancer survivors

Hardee, Justin P., Porter, Ryan R., Sui, Xuemei, Archer, Edward, Lee, I-Min, Lavie, Carl J. and Blair, Steven N. (2014) The effect of resistance exercise on all-cause mortality in cancer survivors. Mayo Clinic Proceedings, 89 8: 1108-1115. doi:10.1016/j.mayocp.2014.03.018

Author Hardee, Justin P.
Porter, Ryan R.
Sui, Xuemei
Archer, Edward
Lee, I-Min
Lavie, Carl J.
Blair, Steven N.
Title The effect of resistance exercise on all-cause mortality in cancer survivors
Journal name Mayo Clinic Proceedings   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1942-5546
Publication date 2014-08
Year available 2014
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.mayocp.2014.03.018
Open Access Status
Volume 89
Issue 8
Start page 1108
End page 1115
Total pages 8
Place of publication New York, NY, United States
Publisher Elsevier
Collection year 2015
Language eng
Formatted abstract

To examine the independent associations of leisure-time aerobic physical activity (PA) and resistance exercise (RE) on all-cause mortality in cancer survivors.

Patients and Methods

Patients included 2863 male and female cancer survivors, aged 18 to 81 years, who received a preventive medical examination between April 8, 1987, and December 27, 2002, while enrolled in the Aerobics Center Longitudinal Study in Dallas, Texas. Physical activity and RE were assessed by self-report at the baseline medical examination. Cox proportional hazards regression analysis was performed to determine the independent associations of PA and RE with all-cause mortality in participants who had a history of cancer.


Physical activity in cancer survivors was not associated with a lower risk of all-cause mortality. In contrast, RE was associated with a 33% lower risk of all-cause mortality (95% CI, 0.45-0.99) after adjusting for potential confounders, including PA.


Individuals who participated in RE during cancer survival had a lower risk for all-cause mortality. The present findings provide preliminary evidence for benefits of RE during cancer survival. Future randomized controlled trials examining RE and its effect on lean body mass, muscular strength, and all-cause mortality in cancer survivors are warranted.
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