Maximum physical capacity testing in cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy: qualitative findings from an exercise program
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L. Knutsen, M Quist, J Midtgaard, M Rorth, L Adamsen
BACKGROUND: Over the past few years there has been a growing interest in the field of physical exercise in rehabilitation of cancer patients, leading to requirements for objective maximum physical capacity measurement (maximum oxygen uptake (VO(2max)) and one-repetition maximum (1RM)) to determine dose-response levels in different cancer diagnoses.
AIM: To explore the patients' experiences of maximum physical capacity testing while concurrently undergoing chemotherapy and participating in a 6-week, 9 h weekly multidimensional exercise program.
DESIGN AND METHOD: Prospective, exploratory study using semi-structured qualitative interviews conducted prior to and at termination of the program. The study included 100 patients (18-65 years, median 42 years) with or without residual disease and with mixed diagnoses.
RESULTS: Following the intervention, cancer patients felt significantly safer in performing maximum physical capacity tests as these motivated them through self-perceived competitiveness and set a standard that served to encourage peak performance.
CONCLUSION: The positive attitudes in this sample towards maximum physical capacity open the possibility of introducing physical testing early in the treatment process. However, the patients were self-referred and thus highly motivated and as such are not necessarily representative of the whole population of cancer patients treated with chemotherapy.
|Journal||Scandinavian Journal of Medicine & Science in Sports|
|Number of pages||9|
|Publication status||Published - Dec 2006|
- Adolescent, Adult, Aged, Antineoplastic Agents, Exercise, Exercise Tolerance, Female, Humans, Male, Middle Aged, Motivation, Muscle Strength, Neoplasms, Oxygen Consumption, Prospective Studies, Journal Article, Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't