Fatigue is the No. 1 Complaint of Cancer Patients

Help us learn more to understand the benefits of exercise and improve quality of life.
We’re Looking for Cancer Patients to Take Part in a Home-Based Walking Research Study Aimed at Reducing Fatigue.

Are you or someone you know currently undergoing treatment for cancer? If so, you may be eligible to participate in this home-based exercise research program to determine potential benefits of physical activity for cancer-related fatigue.  The eight-week study will involve an aerobic walking program performed four to five times a week for 25-40 minutes each session. Each participate will be given a Polar Bluetooth transmitter H6 or H7 to monitor their heart rate during exercise and track their results.

Heart and stroke patients have well-established physical therapy protocols used in their rehabilitation.  Until recently, oncology patients had limited resources to help address some of the physical side effects of treatment.  As the medical community begins to address the needs of survivors, evidence-based research is playing a vital role in understanding how physical therapy can help.

Fatigue is one of the top complaints of cancer patients.  Scientific research is beginning to show positive results that physical activity can lessen this common side-effect of treatment. More research is needed.

Kim Marshall, DPT, CLT and a STAR Clinician® certified oncology rehabilitation therapist at Progressive Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation in Orange along with the Physical Therapy department at California State University Long Beach are undertaking this research study to better understand potential protocols to benefit cancer patients.

“We are very excited about this project that will hopefully help cancer patients with related fatigue increase endurance and have a better quality of life,” Marshall said. “Our goal is to obtain scientific data that will demonstrate the benefits of a standardized home-based exercise program.  This will have obvious advantages in terms of incorporating it into a daily routine and cost for the patients.


Potential improvement of cancer related fatigue for participants.


Each subject will participate in a prescribed home exercise program 4-5 times per week for 25-45 minutes per day.


Candidates at any stage and undergoing any treatment for the following diagnoses:

  • Breast cancer
  • Prostate cancer
  • Colorectal cancer
  • Lung cancer

Each subject will be screened for appropriateness to participate.  Patients who have neuropathy, lower extremity orthopedic or balance issues will not be eligible to participate.
If you or you know of someone who might be interested in participating please contact Kim Marshall in the Orange office at 714.547.1140

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