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David S. Zucker, MD, PhD

Languages: English
Accepting New Patients
Stanford University School of Medicine
Medical School
Mayo Clinic
University of Washington
Personal Interests
Hiking, cycling, and woodworking.
Board Certifications
  • American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Physiatry
Clinical Interests
  • bone tumor
  • brain neoplasms
  • cancer rehabilitation
  • colorectal malignancy
  • head and neck cancer care
  • joint injection
  • late effect of spinal cord injury
  • leukemia
  • lymphoma
  • renal cancer
  • sarcoma
  • testicular cancer
Cancer Exercise
David S Zucker
Blog Posts
By: David S Zucker, MD, PhD
Wednesday, September 26, 2012

When learning that you have cancer, it's easy to forget that your body has trillions and trillions of healthy cells. This is true whether the cancer is stage 0 or stage IV. While this may be hard to believe, it is true. Your healthy cells support you in getting through the rigors of treatment. Too often, however, the support that your healthy cells offer is forgotten in the flurry of activities surrounding treatment and the dramatic changes in your everyday life. These changes are not only physical, but emotional, psychological and spiritual. After all, cancer affects the whole person from molecule to spirit.

At the molecular level, your healthy tissues are subjected to profound physiologic demands, demands that take an enormous amount of their energy. Cancer treatments— surgery, chemotherapy, biologic therapies, radiation—are taxing. Athletes need to prepare well for any physically demanding event. Why then, should it be different for cancer survivors? While a far cry from an a...

By: David S Zucker, MD, PhD
Tuesday, September 18, 2012

There is plenty of research—and it is increasing every day—showing that exercise is beneficial for cancer survivors, whether during or after treatment. In a recent study published in the Journal of Pain and Symptom Management, Dr. Andrea Cheville, an onco-physiatrist (cancer rehabilitation physician) and colleagues at Mayo Clinic interviewed 20 patients with advanced lung cancer about exercise, its relationship to their symptoms, and the role of their oncology team in counseling them about exercise (video). Not surprisingly, participants considered their usual everyday activities as "exercise". While important in helping to maintain function, everyday activities generally do not reach the threshold to help maintain or improve overall fitness. In Dr. Cheville’s study, exercise was defined as "a systematic way of stressing the body...


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4.6 out of 5 (36 Ratings, 7 Comments)


Dr. Zurcher was extremely caring and clearly explained the cause of my condition. He gave me a very thorough examination and followed through with other Swedish physicians to help with my care.

Dr. Zucker & this program improved the patient's quality of life even in the only 2 appointments we could have w/him.

Received excellent care & information.


A bit rushed. Busy time of year.

Dr Zucker rarely looked at me during any of the 3 visits. He asked me to only answer his questions and told me I was too talkative (when I was refining the answer rather than yes or no). He only typed or spoke into his headset. The first 50-55 minutes of the 60 minute appointment was spent with him writing a report based on my answers to questions and didn't allow me to get to any concerns. I told him I didn't know why I had to attend this appointment and that we should have done it via email or phone. I was very dissatisfied with his care and his manner with me as his patient. [...] I am not at all difficult to please. The other providers have been wonderful. He, in my opinion, provides "care" that is well below the standard of care that your other physicians provide.

Dr. Zucker was very informative and very easy to talk to.
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