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Regular physical activity is an important requirement for the development and the general health in childhood and adolescence. However, patients during and after treatment for childhood cancer show high levels of physical inactivity, and only a marginal extent of physical activity. In addition to the negative side effects of treatment, this lack of physical activity and exertion has further negative implications for their health, such as decrease in physical performance and health related quality of life. In order to reduce these negative effects and provide access to regular physical activity for children and adolescents with cancer, childhood cancer patients should participate in targeted physical exercise therapy sessions at the treating hospital. Physical activity promotion for children and adolescents with cancer is an effective measure to enhance or preserve functional mobility, physical performance and health related quality of life. Both the behavioral level (person) and the setting (environment) should be taken into account for a sustainable implementation of physical activity promotion in the treatment of childhood cancer. The Leipzig Movement Concept promotes physical activity both during and after treatment for childhood cancer. On the basis of the modular concept, factors influencing physical activity in childhood cancer, alongside requirements for the successful and long-term implementation of physical activity programs and clinical exercise therapy are described. Furthermore financing options, based on Book V § 43 of the German Social Welfare Code, are presented.
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