Academic journal article Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport

Exercise Intervention for Cancer-Related Fatigue

Academic journal article Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport

Exercise Intervention for Cancer-Related Fatigue

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Carolyn A. Dennehy, Carole M. Schneider, Susan D. Carter, Ann Bentz, Kristi Stephens, and Kelly Quick, University of Northern Colorado

Despite the rise in cancer morbidity, there is a significant decrease in cancer mortality rates. With an increase in the number of cancer survivors, there is a need to focus on the debilitating side effects of cancer treatments. Cancer treatments have been shown to produce numerous physiological alterations that manifest as extreme fatigue, muscular weakness, adiposity, and abnormal blood profiles. It is well documented that exercise can have a profound effect on these variables in a healthy population. However, limited research has been conducted on the value of prescriptive exercise intervention in cancer patients experiencing treatment-related fatigue. This investigation was designed to determine the benefits of individualized prescriptive exercise intervention in cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy and radiation. Twenty patients, presenting with various types and stages of cancer and exhibiting treatment-related fatigue symptoms participated in the study. …

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