Re: The effect of a physical exercise program in palliative care: a phase II study.
Hayward House Macmillan, Specialist Palliative Cancer Care, Unit Nottingham University Hospitals, NHS Trust, Nottingham, UKJournal of Pain and Symptom Management (Impact Factor: 2.6). 01/2007; 32(6):513-5; author reply 515-6. DOI:10.1016/j.jpainsymman.2006.07.001
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ABSTRACT: The aims of this pilot study were to compare aerobic capacity in non-fatigued and fatigued Hodgkin's disease survivors (HDS) and to assess the feasibility of an exercise-programme and its effects upon fatigue, physical functioning and aerobic capacity in chronic fatigued HDS. 53 HDS (85%) of originally 62 survivors treated at the Trondheim University Hospital in the period 1987-1997 completed a questionnaire including the Fatigue Questionnaire (FQ). 18 subjects were identified with chronic fatigue. 15 non-fatigued HDS matched for gender and age were drawn as controls. Both groups were invited to medical examination and exercise tests. All 15 fifteen non-fatigued HDS showed up to the medical examination. 12 of the 18 patients with chronic fatigue completed the tests and nine agreed to enter a home-based exercise intervention. Outcome measures were aerobic capacity, fatigue and physical functioning. No significant difference in aerobic capacity was found between the chronic fatigued HDS and the controls. Fatigue, physical functioning and maximal aerobic capacity were significantly improved after the intervention. Aerobic exercise had a positive effect upon chronic fatigue in HDS. However, the study is a pilot study and needs confirmation in a larger group of subjects. The intervention was well accepted, and the majority of the patients adhered to the programme.European Journal of Cancer 02/2003; 39(1):57-63. · 5.06 Impact Factor
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ABSTRACT: Cancer patients frequently experience considerable loss of physical capacity and general wellbeing when diagnosed and treated for their disease. The aim of this study was to evaluate the feasibility, physical capacity, and health benefits of a multidimensional exercise program for cancer patients during advanced stages of disease who are undergoing adjuvant or high-dose chemotherapy. The supervised program included high- and low-intensity activities (physical exercise, relaxation, massage, and body-awareness training). A total of 23 patients between 18 and 65 years of age (median 40 years) participated in groups of seven to nine patients for 9 h weekly for 6 weeks. Physical capacity in terms of repetition maximum (RM) and maximal oxygen uptake (VO(2)max), physical activity level and psychosocial wellbeing (EORTC QLQ-C30, SF-36, HAD) were compared prior to and after completion of the program. The program was safe and well tolerated. The completion rate was 85.2%. Highly significant increases in physical capacity (1RM, VO(2)max) and an improved level of physical activity were achieved. Quality of life and general wellbeing assessments indicated improvements in several measures, but without reaching significance. It is concluded that an exercise program, which combines high- and low-intensity physical activities, may be used to prevent and/or minimize physical inactivity, fatigue, muscle wasting and energy loss in cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy.Supportive Care Cancer 12/2003; 11(11):707-16. · 2.65 Impact Factor
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