Strength Training as an Adjunct to the Maintenance of Muscle Mass in Patients with Head and Neck Cancer


  • Adilson Domingos dos Reis Filho Faculdade FAIPE, Cuiabá/MT, Brazil
  • Fernando Tadeu Trevisan Frajacomo Instituto Nacional do Câncer, Rio de Janeiro/RJ, Brazil
  • Roberto Carlos Vieira Junior Universidade do Estado de Mato Grosso, Cáceres/MT, Brazil
  • Haracelli Christina Barbosa Alves Leite da Costa Hospital de Câncer de Mato Grosso, Cuiabá/MT, Brazil
  • James Wilfred Navalta University of Nevada, Las Vegas, USA
  • Ramires Alsamir Tibana Universidade Federal de Mato Grosso, Cuiabá/MT, Brazil
  • Jonato Prestes Universidade Católica de Brasília, Brasília/DF, Brazil
  • Fabrício Azevedo Voltarelli Universidade Federal de Mato Grosso, Cuiabá/MT, Brazil



Cancer, exercise, strength training, health.


Head and neck cancer (HNC) is one of the most common types of the disease, particularly among men, and is characterized by a high incidence of death. Among the non-pharmacological factors that help in survival and improving quality of life is physical exercise, especially strength training. The purpose of this short communication was to briefly review the literature and present a training proposal for oncology patients with HNC. Evidence is provided that physical exercise, mainly short-term strength (HIIT [High-Intensity Interval Training]) and aerobic training, contributes to increased expectation and quality of life in cancer survivors. After reviewing the current state of literature, we conclude that strength training, by providing maintenance of muscle mass, improves the autonomy and quality of life of oncology patients with HNC.


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Adilson Domingos dos Reis Filho, Fernando Tadeu Trevisan Frajacomo, Roberto Carlos Vieira Junior, Haracelli Christina Barbosa Alves Leite da Costa, James Wilfred Navalta, Ramires Alsamir Tibana, Jonato Prestes, & Fabrício Azevedo Voltarelli. (2018). Strength Training as an Adjunct to the Maintenance of Muscle Mass in Patients with Head and Neck Cancer . Journal of Analytical Oncology, 7(2),  22–24.