Wednesday 26 October 2016

Cancer survivors needed for study on reducing fatigue

Published 09/08/2016 | 02:30

The study requires people who are six to ten weeks post treatment
The study requires people who are six to ten weeks post treatment

Cancer survivors are being asked to take part in a new study on how to reduce fatigue which can affect patients with the disease.

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The study by Waterford Institute of Technology requires people who are six weeks to 10 years post-treatment for cancers such as breast, colon or prostate.

This treatment will have included surgery, chemotherapy or radiotherapy.

PhD scholarship candidate at WIT, Patricia Sheehan has coordinated the study and is searching for participants to assist her in researching the connection between exercise and cancer-related tiredness.

The purpose of the study is to develop and evaluate a sustainable semi-supervised exercise training programme to reduce cancer-related fatigue in survivors with documented fatigue and compare changes to those of a health education control group.

The study aims to unearth the physiological and psychological aspects of exercise that may help alleviate fatigue among cancer survivors with cancer-related fatigue.

"Cancer-related fatigue is the most debilitating and persistent side effect of cancer and its treatment, often lasting years following treatment. There is some evidence to suggest that fatigue can be alleviated by exercise so I felt it important to explore this area further," Sheehan said.

For more information on the cancer fatigue-related study, contact Patricia Sheehan on (087) 9670735.

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