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Review Article

The Effect of Concurrent Training on Cancer Survivors: An Update of the Scientific Evidence

Ricardo Madeira

Henrique P. Neiva

Research Center In Sport Sciences, Health Sciences And Human Development (CIDESD), Covilhã, Portugal.

Adriana Maia

Dulce Esteves

Recieved on: 2023-10-20, Accepted on: 2023-12-18, Published on: 2023-12-27


Concurrent training is increasingly being recommended for healthy individuals, as well as for people with some special health conditions such as cancer. This update of the scientific evidence was carried out to synthesize and analyze data on the physical and psychological effects of concurrent training in cancer survivors. We searched three databases (PubMed, Web of Science, and Scopus) until June 2023 for systematic reviews and meta-analyses in cancer survivors. The initial search identified 2181 studies in 3 different databases. After removing duplicates, 1660 articles were identified. 201 articles were selected for full reading. Nevertheless, only one study satisfied the inclusion criteria on the effect of concurrent training on cancer pathology. The main conclusions regarding the effects of concurrent training on cancer were that it had positive effects on increasing peak oxygen uptake, maximal oxygen consumption, and decreasing triglycerides.  However, there were no significant differences in heart rates (peak heart rate, peak respiratory exchange ratio, systolic blood pressure, diastolic blood pressure, high-density lipoprotein cholesterol, and body mass index with the use of concurrent training. The intervention of concurrent training is scarce, so there is a need for original studies investigating the main characteristics and positive effects of concurrent training.


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