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Effects of Darbepoetin Alfa with exercise in cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy: an explorative study

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  1. Cardiovascular and metabolic health effects of team handball training in overweight women: Impact of prior experience

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  2. Physical activity during pregnancy and intelligence in sons; A cohort study

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  3. Influence of between-limb asymmetry in muscle mass, strength, and power on functional capacity in healthy older adults

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  4. Determination and validation of peak fat oxidation in endurance-trained men using an upper body graded exercise test

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  5. High-Volume Injection with and without Corticosteroid in Chronic Midportion Achilles Tendinopathy

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  1. Self-Managed Surveillance for Breast Cancer-Related Upper Body Issues: A Feasibility and Reliability Study

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  2. Community-based football in men with prostate cancer: 1-year follow-up on a pragmatic, multicentre randomised controlled trial

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  3. A three-year national follow-up study on the development of community-level cancer rehabilitation in Denmark

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Fatigue is frequent in cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy. Erythropoietins (EPO) have shown well-documented effects on these patients, and administered in pharmacological doses, may reduce the need for transfusion of blood cells and improve quality of life (QoL). An explorative, descriptive, non-randomised intervention study using semi-structured interviews was conducted with the aim to gain an insight into the effects and experiences associated with EPO treatment in combination with a structured 6-week physical exercise intervention. Sixteen cancer patients with evidence of disease, who had received at least one cycle chemotherapy, participated. Participants received 500 mug Darbepoetin Alfa (DA) every 3 weeks during the intervention. Four typologies of patients were identified with regard to DA effects. The interviews revealed that eleven patients experienced some kind of immediate improvement in cognitive and emotional functioning, and subjective daily well-being. Furthermore physical improvement and changes in QoL outcomes showed no significant differences between the study group and a reference group. A significant increase in the hemoglobin concentration (7.14-7.87 mmol/L, P
Original languageEnglish
JournalScandinavian Journal of Medicine & Science in Sports Online
Volume21
Issue number3
Pages (from-to)369-377
Number of pages9
ISSN1600-0838
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Publication statusPublished - 2011

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