Exercise as medicine for cancer
Kerri Winters-Stone, Ph.D., is an exercise physiologist at the OHSU Knight Cancer Institute, one of the top-ranked cancer centers in the nation. She develops targeted exercise strategies to help people with cancer manage symptoms, overcome side effects, maximize quality of life, and potentially, improve survival.
Dr. Winters-Stone has led more than 15 clinical trials examining the benefits of exercise training for numerous outcomes, including physical functioning, fall prevention, bone health, emotional well-being and quality of life in over 2,000 cancer survivors. Some studies also include caregivers who can use exercise to relieve the physical and emotional toll of caring for someone with cancer.
The Winters-Stone Exercise Lab has received more than $25 million in funding since 2003 from the National Cancer Institute, the American Cancer Society, Susan G. Komen, and the Livestrong and Movember foundations. Most recently, she received a $2.5 million grant from the National Cancer Institute to study the benefits of a partnered exercise program for couples coping with cancer.
Dr. Winters-Stone is a professor in the Division of Oncological Sciences in the OHSU School of Medicine and leads the division’s Cancer Population Science Program. She also co-directs the Community Partnership Program and the Cancer Prevention and Control Program at the OHSU Knight Cancer Institute.