A Feasibility Study of Unsupervised, Pre-operative Exercise Program for Patients Scheduled for Lung Cancer Surgery
The paradigm of pre-operative exercise as a neoadjuvant therapy to reduce morbidity is
increasingly promoted within general surgery and surgical oncology.
Patients with lung cancer participating in pre-operative exercise have better aerobic
capacity and pulmonary function and shorter hospital length-of-stay after surgery.
Additionally, pre-operative exercise may increase the likelihood of resuming exercise
post-surgery, thereby accelerating the pace of rehabilitation and recovery.
In order to translate the research findings into sustainable clinical practice,
clinician-scientists need to develop pragmatic and effective home-based exercise protocols.
Wearable fitness devices offer a way to approximate the supervision that occurs in exercise
Before the investigators can develop an intervention in which patients receive tailored
support similar to what occurs with supervised exercise, they need to pilot test the
monitoring aspect of the wearable fitness device in conjunction with the pre-operative
exercise program. The investigators propose a mixed methods, 16 single arm feasibility study
of an unsupervised, pre-operative exercise prescription (uPEP) augmented by a wearable
fitness device. The proposed study of 30 patients scheduled for lung cancer surgery will
identify the strengths, weaknesses, and utility of this approach.
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