The Role of Exercise in patient with cancer cachexia: A study of preferences, motivation and outcomes of importance in patients with advanced cancer.

£29,956 to SOHCS


Principal / Lead Investigator
Dr Anthony Byrne

Dr Robert van Deursen, Dr Nichola Gale (Cardiff) Dr Karianne Back (UWIC) Dr Annmarie Nelson (WCTU) Dr David Walsey (UWIC), Dr Stephanie Enright (Cardiff) Mr Gareth Griffiths (WCTU).

Type of study

Regular exercise is important in maintaining our physical strength and independence. In earlier stages of cancer it can improve daily functioning and quality of life. However it is in the advanced stages of cancer that the ability to perform activities of daily living, and remain independent is most threatened. Before recommending exercise in such vulnerable patients, it is necessary to measure the impairment that patients have, such as the decline in muscle strength and balance and their motivation and preference of what exercise is required. We can then design activities which are relevant and likely to be undertaken in the real world of patients’ lives.  This will inform future research where the benefits of exercise can be assessed in a large study before becoming part of our clinical care.

Group role / contribution
WSPCR supported

Link with RDG / CSG or similar

Start date
July 2011

End date
Jun 2012