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Rehabilitation Research and Practice
Volume 2010, Article ID 481546, 7 pages
Clinical Study

Endurance and Resistance Training in Radically Treated Respiratory Cancer patients: A Pilot Study

Department of Respiratory Medicine, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Ghent University Hospital, De Pintelaan 185, 7K12IE B-9000 Ghent, Belgium

Received 2 February 2010; Revised 27 May 2010; Accepted 18 June 2010

Academic Editor: Luc Vanhees

Copyright © 2010 B. Salhi et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Introduction. Respiratory cancer and its treatment are known to contribute to muscle weakness and functional impairment. Aim. To assess the effects of rehabilitation in patients with respiratory cancer. Methods. Radically treated respiratory cancer patients were included in a 12-week multidisciplinary rehabilitation program. Results. 16 patients (age: 61 ± 7 years; FEV1: 57 ± 16% pred.) showed a reduced exercise tolerance (VO2max: 56 ± 15% pred.; 6 MWD: 67 ± 11% pred.), muscle force (PImax: 54 ± 22% pred.; QF: 67 ± 16% pred.), and quality of life (CRDQd: 17 ± 5 points; CRDQf: 16 ± 5 points). Exercise tolerance, muscle force, and quality of life improved significantly after rehabilitation. Conclusion. Radically treated patients with respiratory cancer have a decreased exercise capacity, muscle force, and quality of life. 12 weeks of rehabilitation leads to a significant improvement in exercise capacity, respiratory muscle force, and quality of life.