Special Issue "Exercise and Nutritional Approaches to Combat Cancer-Related Bone and Muscle Loss"

A special issue of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (ISSN 1660-4601). This special issue belongs to the section "Exercise and Health".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 28 February 2022.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Nicole Kiss
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Guest Editor
Institute for Physical Activity and Nutrition (IPAN), Deakin University, Burwood VIC 3125, Australia
Interests: cancer-related malnutrition and sarcopenia; nutrition and cancer
Dr. Katherine A Bolam
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Assistant Guest Editor
Department of Neurobiology, Care Sciences and Society (NVS), Karolinska Institutet, 171 77 Stockholm, Sweden
Interests: Exercise and cancer; muscle, bone and physical function

Special Issue Information

The global incidence of cancer is predicted to exceed 26 million in 2040. Bone and muscle loss are prevalent in people with cancer and occur at rates of up to 10 times the usual age-related losses observed in people without cancer. The implications of bone and muscle loss are significant for people living with a cancer diagnosis. These include increased mortality, a higher risk of cancer-treatment toxicities, and an increased risk of osteoporosis and falls/fractures. Currently, pharmaceutical treatment is not available to prevent or treat cancer-related muscle loss, meaning lifestyle interventions, through nutrition and exercise, are extremely important. Although pharmaceutical treatment is available and recommended for cancer-related bone loss, lifestyle interventions remain important to reduce the risk of falls and fractures.  Research in the field of exercise and nutrition interventions to counter bone and muscle loss is advancing; however, further research is required to determine the full potential of these lifestyle interventions. Papers addressing nutrition and exercise in relation to bone and muscle loss are invited for this Special Issue. Systematic reviews, meta-analyses, scoping reviews, and studies reporting interventions, investigating contributing factors, and those with a practical focus on implementation in practice are welcome.

Dr. Nicole Kiss
Dr. Katherine A Bolam
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • muscle mass
  • muscle strength
  • sarcopenia
  • bone
  • nutrition
  • diet
  • exercise
  • physical activity
  • cancer

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission, see below for planned papers.

Planned Papers

The below list represents only planned manuscripts. Some of these manuscripts have not been received by the Editorial Office yet. Papers submitted to MDPI journals are subject to peer-review.

Title: The association between dietary patterns, malnutrition and sarcopenia in adults with cancer: a scoping review
Authors: Annie Curtis, Nicole Kiss
Affiliation: School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences, Deakin University, Australia

Title: Implementation of an inpatient cancer-related sarcopenia management pathway at a major cancer centre
Authors: Jenelle Loeliger
Affiliation: Nutrition and Speech Pathology Department, Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, Melbourne, Australia

Title: Does androgen deprivation for prostate cancer affect muscular adaptation to resistance training? -A comparison of results from two meta-analysis
Authors: Tormod Skogstad Nilsen
Affiliation: Department of Physical Performance, The Norwegian Sports Academy, Norway

Title: Body composition and energy metabolism in gynecological cancers: a scoping review of gaps and opportunities
Authors: Ana Paula Pagano; Carla Prado
Affiliation: Department of Agricultural, Food and Nutritional Science, University of Alberta, Alberta, Canada.

Title: Perception and performance of physical activity behavior after head and neck cancer treatment: Exploration and integration of qualitative and quantitative findings
Authors: Martine J. Sealy 1; Martijn M. Stuiver 2,3; Julie Midtgaard 4,5; Cees P. van der Schans 1,6; Jan L.N. Roodenburg 7; Harriët Jager-Wittenaar 1,7
Affiliation: 1. Research Group Healthy Ageing, Allied Health Care and Nursing, Hanze University of Applied Sciences, Groningen, the Netherlands
2. ACHIEVE Centre of Applied Research, Faculty of health, Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences, Amsterdam, the Netherlands;
3. Center for Quality of Life and Department of Head and neck surgery and oncology, Netherlands Cancer Institute, Amsterdam, the Netherlands;
4. University Hospitals Centre for Health Research, Copenhagen University Hospital Rigshospitalet, Copenhagen, Denmark;
5. Department of Public Health, Section of Social Medicine, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
6. Department of Rehabilitation Medicine and Department of Health Psychology Research, University Medical Center Groningen, University of Groningen, Groningen, the Netherlands
7. Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, University Medical Center Groningen, University of Groningen, Groningen, the Netherlands
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