Exercise Intervention

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Methodology
Design of Study
In order to determine the effect that an exercise intervention for 10 weeks on cancer patients receiving chemotherapy will have on quality of life (QOL) and functional capacity (FC), 70 cancer patients will be randomly assigned, to one of two groups: the experiment group and the control group. The experiment group will undergo four days a week of moderate intensity bicycling (6 metabolic equivalent tasks (METs)) for 45 minutes a day, accumulating 180 minutes of moderate intensity exercise. The control group will not be put through an exercise intervention; however, QOL and FC will be measured before the start of the intervention and at the end of the intervention on the last day.
The study will be conducted to determine and inquire into the effect that an exercise intervention will have on cancer patients receiving chemotherapy and/or radiation therapy. The study will determine the benefits of the exercise intervention for cancer patients undergoing primarily chemotherapy and partially undergoing radiation therapy. The study will consist of a moderate intensity exercise program for four days of week, 45 minutes a day, for a total accumulation of 180 minutes of moderate intensity exercise. The exercise program itself will focus on moderate intensity bicycling (6 MET’s) for 30 minutes, a ten minute warm-up to include 5 minutes of stretching and 5 minutes of brisk walking; and finally a 5 minute cool down/relaxation.
Selection of Participants
Participants will be recruited for this study through the Northwestern Memorial Hospital and Rush University Memorial Center, by speaking with the Oncology Departments. A total of 70 cancer patients will be recruited presenting with various types and stages of ...

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...position, immune function, strength and flexibility, functional capacity, self-esteem, moods, and allow the patient to better adjust to the disease. Exercise interventions also prove to note reduction in stress, depression or anxiety and reduce side effects such as nausea, fatigue and pain. (Hayes 2012).

Conclusion
This study will provide and evidence that a tailored exercise intervention will benefit the cancer participant. This study will determine the benefits that do exist from exercise in the increase of functional capacity and overall QOL. With the moderate intensive exercise program consisting of 180 minutes (bicycling (6 MET’s) for 30 minutes, a ten minute warm-up to include 5 minutes of stretching and 5 minutes of brisk walking; and finally a 5 minute cool down/relaxation). This study will prove to be consistent with the studies we have researched.

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