Commentary on genitourinary cancer survivorship: physical activity and prostate cancer survivorship

Garjae Lavien, Uwais Zaid, Andrew C. Peterson


Previous definitions outlining cancer survivorship referred mostly to individuals who had life-threatening disease, but remained disease free for a minimum of 5 years (1-3). However the current iteration of the term “cancer survivor” as proposed by the National Consortium for Cancer survivorship refers to those “living with, through and beyond a cancer diagnosis” (4). This definition, accepted by the Institute of Medicine, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the American Society for Clinical Oncology represents a forward thinking practice of embracing all individuals affected by cancer regardless of oncologic status, and encourages advocacy for quality care for all patients.