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Date:7/16/2012

ifference, by transforming the current standard of care and providing an innovative, rehabilitative, home-based exercise intervention for postsurgical lung cancer patients," she said.

The exercise intervention is designed to build on successes, gradually increasing in duration while allowing patients to set their own exercise goals. The format helps patients focus on the fun in exercise while limiting the focus on the unpleasant symptoms typical of persons after undergoing surgery for lung cancer.

Hoffman said a pilot study successfully recruited and retained persons to participate.

"The virtual exercise intervention was found to be safe and highly acceptable, with patients stating they would recommend the program to others like themselves undergoing surgery for NSCLC," she said.

Results showed excellent improvement in cancer-related fatigue levels over time, with fatigue decreasing from presurgery levels through 16 weeks of exercise after surgery while most patients also were undergoing chemotherapy and/or radiation therapy.

Since persons with NSCLC are among the most vulnerable patient populations, should this intervention prove to be effective in the clinical trial, it could be applicable across similar vulnerable populations with chronic illnesses that currently have few or no rehabilitation options Hoffman said.


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Michigan State University
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