Selected Publications


Zimmer P, Trebing S, Streckmann F, Timmers-Trebing U, Schenk A, Paust R, Bloch W, Rudolph R, Baumann FT (2018): Eight-week, multimodal exercise counteracts a progress of chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy and improves balance and strength in metastasized colorectal cancer patients: a randomized controlled trial. Supportive Care in Cancer26, 2, 615-624. doi: 10.1007/s00520-017-3875-5.

Bansi J, Koliamitra C, Bloch W, Joisten N, Schenk A, Watson M, Kool J, Langdon D, Dalgas U, Kesselring J, Zimmer P (2018): Persons with secondary progressive and relapsing remitting multiple sclerosis reveal different responses of Tryptophan metabolism to acute and chronic exercise. Journal of Neuroimmunology 15, 314:101-105. doi: 10.1016/j.jneuroim.2017.12.001. Epub 2017 Dec 6.

van Vulpen JK*, Schmidt ME*, Velthuis MJ, Wiskemann J, Schneeweiss A, Vermeulen RCH, Habermann N, Ulrich CM, Peeters PHM, van der Wall E, May AM*, Steindorf K*(2018): Effects of physical exercise on markers of inflammation in breast cancer patients during adjuvant chemotherapy. Breast Cancer Research and Treatment, accepted Dec 2017. * shared positions.

Oberste M, Hartig P, Bloch W, Elsner B, Predel HG, Ernst B, Zimmer P (2017): Control group paradigms in studies investigating acute effects of exercise on cognitive performance - An experiment on expectation-driven placebo effects. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 8, 11, 600. doi: 10.3389/fnhum.2017.00600.

Schmidt ME, Wiskemann J, Schneeweiss A, Potthoff K, Ulrich CM, Steindorf K: Determinants of physical, affective, and cognitive fatigue during breast cancer therapy and 12 months follow-up. Int J Cancer, 2017 Oct 30. doi: 10.1002/ijc.31138. [Epub ahead of print]

Wunram H, Hamacher S, Hellmich M, Volk M, Jänicke F, Reinhard F, Bloch W, Zimmer P, Graf C, Schönau E, Lehmkuhl G, Bender S, Fricke O (2017): Whole body vibration added to treatment as usual is effective in adolescents with Depression. European Child and Adolescent Psychiatry 2017 Nov 8. doi: 10.1007/s00787-017-1071-2. [Epub ahead of print]

Wiskemann J, Schmidt ME, Klassen O, Debus J, Ulrich CM, Potthoff K, Steindorf K (2017): Effects of 12-week resistance training during radiotherapy in breast cancer patients. Scand J Med Sci Sports, 11, 1500-1510.

Zimmer P, Bloch W, Kieven M, Lovenich L, Lehmann J, Holthaus M, Theurich S, Schenk A (2017): Serotonin Shapes the Migratory Potential of NK Cells - An in vitro Approach. International Journal of Sports Medicine, 38, 11, 857-863.

Wiskemann J, Herzog B, Kühl R, Schmidt ME, Steindorf K, Schwerdtfeger R, Dreger P,  Bohus M (2017): Impact of HCT conditioning and glucocorticoid dose on exercise adherence and response, Med Sci Sports Exerc, 11, 2143-2150.

Zimmer P, Baumann FT, Oberste M, Schmitt J, Joisten N, Hartig P, Schenk A, Kuhn R, Bloch W, Reuss-Borst M: Influence of Personalized Exercise Recommendations During Rehabilitation on the Sustainability of Objectively Measured Physical Activity Levels, Fatigue, and Fatigue-Related Biomarkers in Patients With Breast Cancer. Integrative Cancer Therapies 2017 Jun 1:1534735417713301. doi: 10.1177/1534735417713301. [Epub ahead of print]

Zimmer P, Bloch W, Schenk A, Oberste M, Riedel S, Kool J, Langdon D, Dalgas U, Kesselring J, Bansi J (2017): High-intensity interval exercise improves cognitive performance and reduces matrix metalloproteinases-2 serum levels in persons with multiple sclerosis: A randomized controlled trial. Multiple Sclerosis Journal 2017 Aug 1:1352458517728342. doi: 10.1177/1352458517728342. [Epub ahead of print]

Clauss D, Tjaden C, Hackert T, Schneider L, Ulrich CM, Wiskemann J*, Steindorf K* (2017): Cardiorespiratory fitness and muscle strength in pancreatic cancer patients. Supportive Care in Cancer, 25, 2797-2807. DOI 10.1007/s00520-017-3694-8. *Shared last authorship

Steindorf K, Wiskemann J, Ulrich CM, Schmidt ME (2017): Effects of exercise on sleep problems in breast cancer patients receiving radiotherapy: a randomized clinical trial. Breast Cancer Res Treat, 162, 489-499.

Buffart, LM, Kalter J, Sweegers MG, Courneya KS, Newton RU, Aaronson NK, Jacobsen PB, May AM, Galvão DA, Chinapaw MJ, Steindorf K, Irwin ML, Stuiver MM, Hayes S, Griffith KA, Lucia A, Mesters I, van Weert E, Knoop H, Goedendorp M, Mutrie N, Daley AJ, McConnachie A, Bohus M, Thorsen L, Schulz K-H, Short CE, James EL, Plotnikoff RC, Arbane G, Schmidt ME, Potthoff K, van Beurden M, Oldenburg HS, Sonke GS, van Harten W, Garrod R, Schmitz KH, Winters KM, Velthuis MJ, Taaffe DR, van Mechelen W, Kersten M-J, Nollet F, Wenzel J, Wiskemann J, Verdonck-de Leeuw IM, Brug J (2017): Effects and moderators of exercise on quality of life and physical function in patients with cancer: an individual patient data metaanalysis of 34 RCTs. Cancer Treatment Reviews, 52, 91-104

Schmidt M, Wiskemann J, Ulrich CM, Schneeweis A, Steindorf K (2017): Self-reported physical activity behavior of breast cancer survivors during and after adjuvant therapy: 12 months follow-up of two randomized exercise intervention trial. Acta Oncologica, 56:618-627.

Klassen O, Schmidt ME, Scharhag-Rosenberger F, Sorkin M, Ulrich CM, Schneeweiss A, Potthoff K, Steindorf K*, Wiskemann J* (2017). Muscle strength in breast cancer patients receiving different treatment regimens. Journal of Cachexia, Sarcopenia and Muscle, 8, 305-316. *Shared last authorship.

Skender S, Boehm J, Schrotz-King P, Chang-Claude J, Siegel EM, Steindorf K, Owen R, Ose J, Hoffmeister M, Brenner H, Ulrich CM (2017): Plasma 25-hydroxyvitamin D3 levels in colorectal cancer patients and associations with physical activity, Nutr Cancer, 69(2), 229-237.

Koliamitra C, Holtkamp B, Zimmer P, Bloch W, Grau M (2017): Impact of training volume and intensity on RBC-NOS/NO pathway and endurance capacity. Biorheology 54, 1, 37-50.


Ungar N, Sieverding M, Weissmann M, Knoll A, Steindorf K, Wiskemann J (2016): Social support and social control in the context of cancer patient’s exercise: a pilot study. Health Psychology Open, 3(2), 1-11, published online 2016 Dec 1:

Wiskemann J, Hummler S, Diepold C, Keil M, Abel U, Steindorf K, Beckhove P, Ulrich CM, Steins M, Thomas M (2016): POSITIVE study: physical exercise program in non-operable lung cancer patients undergoing palliative treatment, BMC Cancer, 16:499, published online 2016 Jul 19:

Kuehl R, Schmidt ME, Dreger P, Steindorf K, Bohus M, Wiskemann J (2016): Determinants of exercise adherence and contamination in a randomized controlled trial in cancer patients during and after allogeneic HCT. Support Care Cancer, 24, 4327-37.

Skender S, Ose J, Chang-Claude J, Paskow M, Brühmann B, Siegel EM, Steindorf K, Ulrich CM (2016): Accelerometry and physical activity questionnaires - a systematic review. BMC Public Health, 16, 515.

Schmidt ME, Meynköhn A, Habermann N, Wiskemann J, Oelmann J, Hof H, Wessels S, Klassen O, Debus J, Potthoff K, Steindorf K*, Ulrich CM* (2016): Resistance exercise and inflammation in breast cancer patients undergoing adjuvant radiotherapy: Mediation analysis from a randomized controlled intervention trial. International Journal of Radiation Oncology, Biology, Physics, 94, 329-37. *Shared last authorship.

Schmidt ME, Semik J, Habermann N, Wiskemann J, Ulrich CM, Steindorf K (2016): Cancer-related fatigue shows a stable association with diurnal cortisol dysregulation in breast cancer patients. Brain, Behavior, and Immunity, 52, 98-105.


Scharhag-Rosenberger F, Kuehl R, Klassen O, Schmidt ME, Schommer K, Ulrich CM, Wiskemann J*, Steindorf K* (2015): Exercise training intensity prescription in breast cancer survivors: validity of current practice and specific recommendations. Journal of Cancer Survivorship, 9, 612-9. *Shared last authorship

Schmidt ME, Chang-Claude J, Vrieling A, Heinz J, Flesch-Janys D, Steindorf K (2015): Determinants of long-term fatigue in breast cancer survivors: Results of a prospective patient cohort study. Psychooncology, 24, 40-6.

Gollhofer SM, Wiskemann J, Schmidt ME, Klassen O, Ulrich CM, Oelmann J, Hof H, Potthoff K, Steindorf K (2015): Factors influencing participation in a randomized controlled resistance exercise intervention study in breast cancer patients during radiotherapy. BMC Cancer, 15: 186.

Skender S, Schrotz-King P, Böhm J, Abbenhardt C, Gigic B, Chang-Claude J, Siegel EM, Steindorf K, Ulrich CM (2015): Repeat physical activity measurement by accelerometry among colorectal cancer patients – feasibility and minimal number of days of monitoring. BMC Research Notes, 8: 222.

Schmidt ME, Wiskemann J, Armbrust P, Schneeweiss A, Ulrich CM, Steindorf K (2015): Effects of resistance exercise on fatigue and quality of life in breast cancer patients during adjuvant chemotherapy: a randomized controlled trial. International Journal of Cancer, 137(2), 471-480.

Steindorf K, Clauss D, Wiskemann J, Schmidt ME (2015): Physical activity and gastrointestinal cancers: primary and tertiary preventive effects and possible biological mechanisms. Sports, 3, 145-158.


Brühmann BA, Schmidt ME, Wientzek A, Vigl M, Teucher B, Katzke VA, Boeing H, Bergmann MM, Kaaks R, Steindorf K (2014): Reliability and validity of the Questionnaire on Annual Physical Activity Pattern: A validation study using combined heart rate and accelerometry data as an objective measurement. World Journal of Epidemiology and Cancer Prevention, 3, 51-63.

Steindorf K*, Schmidt ME*, Klassen O, Ulrich CM, Oelmann J, Habermann N, Beckhove P, Owen R, Debus J, Wiskemann J, Potthoff K (2014): Randomized Controlled Trial of Resistance Training in Breast Cancer Patients Receiving Adjuvant Radiotherapy: Results on Cancer-related Fatigue and Quality of Life. Annals of Oncology, 25, 2237-43. *Shared first authorship

Wientzek A, Vigl M, Steindorf K, Brühmann B, Bergmann MM, Harttig U, Katzke V, Kaaks R, Boeing H (2014): The Improved Physical Activity Index for measuring physical activity in EPIC Germany. PLos One, 9, e92005.

Klassen O, Schmidt ME, Scharhag-Rosenberger F, Sorkin M, Ulrich CM, Schneeweiss A, Potthoff K, Steindorf K*, Wiskemann J* (2014): Cardiorespiratory fitness in breast cancer patients undergoing adjuvant therapy. Acta Oncologica, 53, 1356-65. *Shared last authorship

Brühmann B, Schmidt ME, Steindorf K (2014): Assessment of physical activity in epidemiological studies: Are questionnaires obsolete in the era of accelerometry? GMS Medizinische Informatik, Biometrie und Epidemiologie, 10(1).

Schmidt ME, Wiskemann J, Steindorf K (2014): Exercise in breast cancer patients: impact on health. Breast Cancer Management, 3, 241-250.

Scharhag-Rosenberger F, Becker T, Streckmann F, Schmidt K, Berling A, Bernardi A, Engeroff T, Exner AK, Gutekunst K, Hofmeister D, Jensen W, Kähnert H, Kneis S, Limbach M, Mau-Möller A, Röcker K, Schmidt ME, Schmidt T, Stöckel T, Wehrle A, Wiskemann J, Zimmer P, Zopf E, Steindorf K (2014): Studien zu körperlichem Training bei onkologischen Patienten: Empfehlungen zu den Erhebungsmethoden. Dt. Zeitschrift für Sportmedizin, 65, 304-313.

Schmid D, Steindorf K, Leitzmann MF (2014): Epidemiologic Studies of Physical Activity and Primary Prevention of Cancer. Dt. Zeitschrift für Sportmedizin, 65, 5-10.

Steindorf K, Schmidt ME, Scharhag-Rosenberger F, Wiskemann J (2014): Supportive Sport- und Bewegungstherapie für onkologische Patienten. Onkologie Heute, 9, 41-46.

Wiskemann J, Steindorf K(2014): Resistance training as supportive therapy in Oncology [in German]. Dt. Zeitschrift für Sportmedizin, 65, 22-24.

Steindorf K, Schmidt ME, Wiskemann J, Ulrich CM (2014): Physiologic and molecular mechanisms linking endurance and resistance training with effects for cancer patients. Dt. Zeitschrift für Sportmedizin, 65, 299-303.


Strasser B, Steindorf K, Wiskemann J, Ulrich CM (2013): Impact of resistance training in cancer survivors: a meta-analysis. Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, 45: 2080-90.

Potthoff K, Schmidt M, Wiskemann J, Klassen O, Habermann N, Hof H, Beckhove P, Ulrich CM, Steindorf K (2013): Randomized controlled trial to evaluate the effects of progressive resistance training compared to progressive muscle relaxation in breast cancer patients undergoing adjuvant radiotherapy: the BEST study. BMC Cancer, 2013, 13:162.

Bock C, Schmidt ME, Vrieling A, Chang-Claude J, Steindorf K (2013): Walking, bicycling, and sports in postmenopausal breast cancer survivors-results from a German patient cohort study. Psychooncology, 22, 1291-8.

Schmidt ME, Chang-Claude J, Vrieling A, Seibold P, Heinz J, Flesch-Janys D, Steindorf K (2013): Association of pre-diagnosis physical activity with recurrence and mortality among women with breast cancer. International Journal of Cancer, 133, 1431-40.

Ritte R, Lukanova AK, Tjønneland A, Olsen A, Overvad K, Mesrine S, Fagherazzi G, Dossus L, Teucher B, Steindorf K, Boeing H, Aleksandrova K, Trichopoulou A, Lagiou P, Trichopoulos D, Palli D, Grioni S, Mattiello A, Tumino R, Sacerdote C, Quirós JR, Buckland G, Molina-Montes E, Chirlaque MD, Ardanaz E, Amiano P, Bueno-de-Mesquita B, van Duijnhoven F, van Gils CH, Peeters PH, Wareham N, Khaw TK, Key TJ, Travis RC, Krum-Hansen S, Torhild Gram I, Lund E, Sund M, Andersson A, Romieu-I, Rinaldi S, McCormack V, Riboli E, Kaaks R (2013): Height, age at menarche and risk of hormone receptor positive and negative breast cancer: A cohort study. International Journal of Cancer, 132, 2619-29.

Steindorf K, Eomois PP, Ritte R, Lukanova AK, Fønns Johnsen N, Tjønneland A, Overvad K, Raaschou-Nielsen O, Clavel-Chapelon F, Boutron-Ruault M-C, Schulz M, Boeing H, Teucher B, Rohrmann S, Trichopoulou A, Kalapothaki V, Koliva M, Krogh V, Palli D, Tumino R, Panico S, Monninkhof E, Peeters PH, Boshuizen HC, Bueno-de-Mesquita HB, Chirlaque M-D, Agudo A, Larrañaga N, Quirós JR, Martínez C, Barricarte A, Janzon L, Berglund G, Bingham S, Khaw KT, Key TJ, Norat T, Jenab M, Cust A, Wahrendorf J, Riboli E, Kaaks R (2013): Physical Activity and Risk of Breast Cancer Overall and by Hormone Receptor Status: The European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition. International Journal of Cancer, 132, 1667-1678.

Schmidt ME, Wiskemann J, Krakowski-Roosen H, Knicker A, Habermann N, Schneeweiss A, Ulrich N, Steindorf K (2013): Progressive resistance versus relaxation training for breast cancer patients during adjuvant chemotherapy: Design and rationale of a randomized clinical trial (BEATE study). Contemporary Clinical Trials, 34, 117-125.

Steindorf K(2013). The role of physical activity in primary cancer prevention. European Review of Aging and Physical Activity, 10, 33-36.

Wiskemann J., Steindorf K(2013): Sports and exercise therapy in Oncology [in German: Sport- und Bewegungstherapie in der Onkologie]. Der Klinikarzt, 42, 402-405.


Steindorf K, Ritte R, Fønns Johnsen N, Tjønneland A, Overvad K, Raaschou-Nielsen O, Clavel-Chapelon F, Boutron-Ruault M-C, Schulz M, Boeing H, Lukanova AK, Trichopoulou A, Kalapothaki V, Koliva M, Krogh V, Palli D, Tumino R, Panico S, Monninkhof E, Peeters PH, Boshuizen HC, Bueno-de-Mesquita HB, Chirlaque M-D, Agudo A, Larrañaga N, Quirós JR, Martínez C, Barricarte A, Janzon L, Berglund G, Bingham S, Khaw KT, Key TJ, Norat T, Jenab M, Cust A, Riboli E, Kaaks R (2012): Physical Activity and Risk of in situ Breast Cancers. Cancer Epidemiology Biomarkers and Prevention, 12, 2209-2219.

Liedtke S, Schmidt ME, Vrieling A, Lukanova A, Becker S, Kaaks R, Zaineddin AK, Buck K, Benner A, Flesch-Janys D, Chang-Claude J, Steindorf K (2012): Postmenopausal sex hormones in relation to body fat distribution. Obesity, 20: 1088-95.

Schmidt ME, Chang-Claude J, Vrieling A, Heinz J, Flesch-Janys D, Steindorf K (2012): Fatigue and quality of life in breast cancer survivors: temporal courses and long-term pattern. Journal of Cancer Survivorship, 6, 11-19.

Huy C, Schmidt ME, Vrieling A, Chang-Claude J, Steindorf K (2012): Physical activity in a German breast cancer patient cohort: one-year trends and characteristics associated with change in activity level. European Journal of Cancer, 48, 297–304.

Ulrich CM, Steindorf K (2012): Krebsprävention durch Lebensstil – was ist evidenzbasiert? Der Onkologe, 18: 192-197.

Steindorf K, Schmidt ME, Ulrich CM (2012): Welche Effekte hat körperliche Bewegung auf das Krebsrisiko und auf den Krankheitsverlauf nach einer Krebsdiagnose. Bundesgesundheitsblatt, 55, 10–16.

Ulrich CM, Wiskemann J, Steindorf K (2012): Physiologische und molekulare Wirkmechanismen von körperlicher Aktivität auf das Krebsrisiko und den Krankheitsverlauf. Bundesgesundheitsblatt, 55, 5-9.


Huy C, Steindorf K, Litaker D, Thiel A, Diehm C (2011): Physical activity in German adults: types, settings and patterns of association by cardiovascular risk status. European Journal of Sport Science, 11, 375-385.

Barnes BE*, Steindorf K*, Hein R, Flesch-Janys D, Chang-Claude J (2011): Population attributable risk of invasive postmenopausal breast cancer and breast cancer subtypes for modifiable and non-modifiable risk factors. Cancer Epidemiology, 35, 345–352. *Shared first authorship.

Liedtke S, Schmidt M, Becker S, Kaaks R, Zaineddin KA, Buck K, Flesch-Janys D, Wahrendorf J, Chang-Claude J, Steindorf K (2011): Physical activity and endogenous sex hormones in postmenopausal women: To what extent are observed associations confounded or modified by BMI? Cancer Causes and Control, 22, 81-89.

Steindorf K, Schmidt ME, Wiskemann J (2011): Körperliche Aktivität nach der Krebsdiagnose: Welche Erkenntnisse gibt es aus Langzeitbeobachtungen? FORUM, 26, 38-41.

Wiskemann J, Ulrich C, Steindorf K (2011). Effekte von körperlichem Training auf die Psyche von Krebspatientinnen und -patienten. FORUM, 26, 42–48.


Steindorf K, Flesch Janys D, Chang-Claude J, Schmidt ME (2010): Determinants of sports, cycling, walking and overall leisure-time physical activity among postmenopausal women in Germany. Public Health Nutrition, 13, 1905-1914.

Huerta JM, Navarro C, Chirlaque MD, Tormo MJ, Steindorf K, Buckland G, Carneiro F, Johnsen NF, Overvad K, Stegger J, Tjønneland A, Boutron-Ruault MC, Clavel-Chapelon F, Morois S, Boeing H, Kaaks R, Rohrmann S, Vigl M, Lagiou P, Trichopoulos D, Trichopoulou A, Bas Bueno-de-Mesquita H, Monninkhof EM, Numans ME, Peeters PH, Mattiello A, Pala V, Palli D, Tumino R, Vineis P, Agudo A, Ardanaz E, Arriola L, Molina-Montes E, Rodríguez L, Lindkvist B, Manjer J, Stenling R, Lund E, Crowe FL, Key TJ, Khaw KT, Wareham NJ, Jenab M, Norat T, Romaguera D, Riboli E, González CA (2010): Prospective study of physical activity and risk of primary adenocarcinomas of the oesophagus and stomach in the EPIC (European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and nutrition) cohort. Cancer Causes Control, 21, 657-669.

Rundle A, Richie J, Steindorf K, Peluso M, Overvad K, Raaschou-Nielsen O, Clavel-Chapelon F, Linseisen J, Boeing H, Trichopoulou A, Palli D, Krogh V, Tumino R, Panico S, Bueno-De-Mesquita HB, Peeters PH, Lund E, Gonzalez CA, Martinez C, Dorronsoro M, Barricarte A, Tormo M, Quiros JR, Berglund G, Jarvholm B, Day NE, Key TJ, Saracci R, Kaaks R, Riboli E, Vineis P (2010): Physical activity and lung cancer risk among non-smokers: a pilot molecular epidemiologic study within EPIC. Biomarkers, 15, 20-30.


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