BOURKE, Liam, THOMPSON, G, GIBSON, Debra, DALEY, A, CRANK, Helen, ADAM, I, SHORTHOUSE, A and SAXTON, J (2011). Pragmatic lifestyle intervention in patients recovering from colon cancer: a randomized controlled pilot study. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 92 (5), 749-755.Full text not available from this repository.
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the feasibility of a pragmatic lifestyle intervention in patients who had recently completed surgery and chemotherapy for colon cancer and to obtain preliminary data of its impact on important health outcomes. DESIGN: A prospective, randomized, controlled pilot trial. SETTING: University rehabilitation facility. PARTICIPANTS: Eighteen (N=18) colon cancer survivors (mean age=69y; range, 52-80y), Dukes stage A to C. INTERVENTIONS: Participants were randomized 6 to 24 months postoperatively to either a 12-week program of combined exercise and dietary advice or standard treatment. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: Exercise and dietary behavior, fatigue, health-related quality of life (QOL), aerobic exercise tolerance, functional capacity, muscle strength, and anthropometery were assessed at baseline and immediately after the intervention. RESULTS: Adherences to supervised and independent exercise during the intervention were 90% and 94%, respectively, and there was low attrition (6%). The lifestyle intervention elicited improvements in exercise behavior (P=.068), fatigue (P=.005), aerobic exercise tolerance (P=.010), chair sit-to-stand performance (P=.003), and waist-to-hip ratio (P=.002). A positive change in dietary fiber intake (P=.044) was also observed in the intervention group. No change in QOL was observed (P=.795). CONCLUSIONS: These preliminary results suggest that a pragmatic lifestyle intervention implemented 6 to 24 months after primary treatment for colon cancer was feasible. We observed a significant impact on dietary behavior, fatigue, aerobic exercise tolerance, functional capacity, and waist-to-hip ratio. These findings need to be confirmed with a larger-scale definitive randomized controlled trial.
|Research Institute, Centre or Group:||Centre for Sport and Exercise Science|
|Depositing User:||Rachel Davison|
|Date Deposited:||23 Jul 2012 16:30|
|Last Modified:||02 Nov 2012 16:14|
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