Pulmonary Cancer experts at several French institutions published a study in BMC Cancer on a home based rehab treatment for lung cancer and mesothelioma patients. Previous research studies have concluded that patients who are less active are more likely to have a lower quality of life post cancer treatment.
The French study looked at 71 patients who had undergone chemotherapy for either lung cancer of mesothelioma. The rehab program involved both low impact physical exercise as well as psychosocial management to help deal with the anxiety and depression associated with cancer treatment protocols.
The physical test included a six minute walk test and a 6 minute stepper test. The 47 patients who completed the program saw improvements in their performance on both tests. The exercise regimen helped to counter fatigue and muscle weakness that comes with chemotherapy treatment. The study had no negative effects for patients.
The French study stated: "Home-based pulmonary rehabilitation was feasible and safe in patients with advanced lung cancer or malignant pleural mesothelioma. Exercise capacities stability in patients who completed the PR program suggests that PR might be beneficial. Further studies are warranted to confirm and to improve the potential value of PR in these patients."
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