EP. 068

Ciaran Fairman on Exercise Oncology

Ciaran is a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at the Exercise Medicine Research Institute (EMRI) situated within the School of Medical and Health Science (SMHS) at Edith Cowan University. Having received his PhD from Ohio State University, his research focuses on the impact of exercise, nutrition and supplementation in the management of muscle loss in individuals with cancer. He also holds several nationally accredited certifications through the American College of Sports Medicine (CPT, HFS, CET) and the National Strength and Conditioning Association (CSCS) Ciaran is also strong advocate of the dissemination of scientific research to a variety of audiences. He is the founder, CEO, and chief exercise physiologist at REACH (Research in Exercise and Cancer Health), a company designed to provide evidence-based guidelines of physical activity to health/medical professionals and individuals with cancer. Ciaran has published over 40 peer-reviewed papers, book chapter, and abstracts on sports nutrition, supplementation, and training adaptations.

Show Notes:

Website: reachbeyondcancer.com

Facebook: Ciaran Fairman

Twitter: @CiaranFairman

Instagram: ciaranfairman

Podcasts Mentioned:

Sigma Nutrition Radio #199: Ciaran Fairman – Exercise-Oncology: Effects of Exercise in Cancer Treatment & Survivorship

Sigma Nutrition Radio #289 Ciaran Fairman, PhD – Exercise Interventions in Cancer Treatment

Reach Beyond Cancer Podcast

Mind Muscle Project Podcast: Ep 241 – Exercise addiction, muscle soreness myths, Cryotherapy and breathing science with Dr Andy Galpin

Books Mentioned:

Ciaran’s book Recommendations:

Lost Connections


Research Mentioned:

Framework PEACE: An organizational model for examining physical exercise across the cancer experience

Effects of Aerobic and Resistance Exercise in Breast Cancer Patients Receiving Adjuvant Chemotherapy: A Multicenter Randomized Controlled Trial

Effects of strength training on muscle cellular outcomes in prostate cancer patients on androgen deprivation therapy

A Scientific Rationale to Improve Resistance Training Prescription in Exercise Oncology

The Exercise and Sports Science Australia position statement: Exercise medicine in cancer management

People and Resources mentioned:

Kentucky Wesleyan University

Jason Crandall

Georgia Southern 

Ohio State University

Edith Cowen University

American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM)

Rocky Mountain Cancer Center

University of Northern Colorado

Brian Focht

Kerry S. Courneya

Cancer Cachexia

Mike Zourdus

Eric Helms

Greg Haff

Steven Pinker

Steven Gerrard

Lewis Capaldi

Bruce Gladden


0:00 – 11:32 – Robbie intro’s the show and asks Ciaran to introduce himself

11:33 – 17:14 – Robbie asks Ciaran what does the current research into exercise oncology tell us and what questions are currently being researched? 

17:15 – 24:17 – Robbie asks Ciaran about nutritional strategies to fuel the benefits of resistance training for the cancer patient

24:18 – 31:40 – Robbie asks Ciaran how different exercise modes effect different cancers 

31:41 – 32:45 – Robbie asks Ciaran what is cardio toxicity?

32:46 – 36:52 – Robbie asks Ciaran how his work has been received by the medical profession

36:53 – 45:04 – Robbie asks Ciaran about training intensity with cancer patients

45:05 – 48:30 – Robbie asks Ciaran about the use of cluster training with some cancer patients

48:31 – 51:42 – Robbie asks Ciaran for his ideal model for cancer care

51:43 – 53:48 – Robbie asks Ciaran about exercise contradictions with cancer patients

53:49 – 55:56 – Robbie asks Ciaran for the biggest lessons his has learned in his life

55:57 – 56:46 – Robbie asks Ciaran how he learns?

56:47 – 58:06- Robbie asks Ciaran, if there is anything he does on a daily basis that is essential to his day?

58:07 – 1:00:22 – Robbie asks Ciaran for his top and current book recommendations

1:00:23 – 1:09:04 – Robbie asks Ciaran to share his professional journey within research and what advice he would give to individuals wanting to get into research as a career

1:09:05 – 1:11:57 – Robbie asks Ciaran, if he could invite 5 people to dinner, dead or alive, who would he invite why?

1:11:58 – 1:13:00 – Robbie wraps up the show!