Tuesday, 05 August 2014
Carolyn McIntyre will investigate if exercise can improve the lives of people living with the deadly lung cancer mesothelioma after securing a Cancer Council of WA Fellowship worth $225,000.
Mesothelioma which is caused by exposure to asbestos can lead to muscle loss and tiredness and poor quality of life.
It is hoped a tailored exercise program can improve the lives of sufferers.
Dr McIntyre said exercise has been shown to be very effective in improving the health of patients with other forms of lung cancer, but this will be the first time its effectiveness for mesothelioma patients will be tested.
“Despite medical advances, mesothelioma remains an incurable cancer with no significant improvement in patient survival in the past few decades,” Dr McIntyre said.
“We are hoping to show that a tailored exercise program can promote muscle strength mobility and confidence in patients, which will hopefully lead to improvements in quality of life.”
Dr McIntyre will collaborate with Professor Gary Lee from Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital and ECU Health and Wellness Institute Co-Director Professor Rob Newton as part of the research.