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Exercise and relaxation intervention for patients with advanced lung cancer: a qualitative feasibility 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. Community-based football in men with prostate cancer: 1-year follow-up on a pragmatic, multicentre randomised controlled trial

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  2. Pre-radiotherapy daily exercise training in non-small cell lung cancer: A feasibility study

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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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Lung cancer patients experience loss of physical capacity, dyspnea, pain, reduced energy and psychological distress. The aim of this study was to explore feasibility, health benefits and barriers of exercise in former sedentary patients with advanced stage lung cancer, non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) (III-IV) and small cell lung cancer (SCLC) (ED), undergoing chemotherapy. The intervention consisted of a hospital-based, supervised, group exercise and relaxation program comprising resistance-, cardiovascular- and relaxation training 4 h weekly, 6 weeks, and a concurrent unsupervised home-based exercise program. An explorative study using individual semi-structured interviews (n=15) and one focus group interview (n=8) was conducted among the participants. Throughout the intervention the patients experienced increased muscle strength, improvement in wellbeing, breathlessness and energy. The group exercise and relaxation intervention showed an adherence rate of 76%, whereas the patients failed to comply with the home-based exercise. The hospital-based intervention initiated at time of diagnosis encouraged former sedentary lung cancer patients to participation and was undertaken safely by cancer patients with advanced stages of disease, during treatment. The patients experienced physical, functional and emotional benefits. This study confirmed that supervised training in peer-groups was beneficial, even in a cancer population with full-blown symptom burden and poor prognosis.
Original languageEnglish
JournalScandinavian journal of medicine & science in sports
Volume22
Issue number6
Pages (from-to)804-815
Number of pages12
ISSN0905-7188
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Publication statusPublished - 2012

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