Exercise training to improve physical functioning and exercise adoption in lung cancer survivors: A randomized controlled trial
Patients with lung cancer routinely undergo difficult treatments such as surgery, chemotherapy, radiation therapy. These treatments can cause declines in functional ability due to fatigue, loss of cardiorespiratory fitness, and loss of muscular strength. Pilot studies have indicated that exercise training (e.g., biking, walking, lifting weights) may improve fitness and quality of life following treatment for lung cancer. However, no research has investigated the ability of patients to continue exercise training beyond a structured program. The purpose of this study is to investigate the effects of a short-term exercise program designed to improve physical functioning and facilitate long-term adoption of exercise. This intervention will be specifically designed to address the physical, functional, and psychosocial limitations affecting post-treatment lung cancer survivors. The results are expected to refine exercise guidelines for lung cancer survivors.