Effect of Pulmonary Rehabilitation in Lung Cancer Survivors
Lung Cancer - Lobectomy - Pulmonary Rehabilitation
Conditions: official terms
Lung Neoplasms
Study Type
Study Phase
Study Design
Allocation: Randomized, Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study, Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment, Masking: Single Blind (Outcomes Assessor), Primary Purpose: Treatment
Name: Pulmonary Rehabilitation Type: Other
Name: Usual post operative care Type: Other
Overall Status
Patients who have surgery to cure lung cancer often have multiple problems at hospital discharge and later on. This includes poor exercise performance and quality of life, breathlessness, pain and tiredness. Currently there is little formal physical or psychological support for such patients. This pilot study aims to investigate whether outpatient pulmonary rehabilitation (an exercise training and education programme), started within 2 weeks of hospital discharge, can lead to improvements in exercise performance and quality of life in patients who have undergone lung cancer surgery. The study will also assess whether pulmonary rehabilitation is acceptable for patients and will analyze the safety profile. The hypothesis is that patients; discharged from hospital after undergoing lung cancer surgery, have improved exercise performance and quality of life following early outpatient pulmonary rehabilitation compared with usual care.
Detailed Description
The research question is to investigate

- whether patients who have undergone curative surgical resection for lung cancer benefit from 8 weeks of early outpatient pulmonary rehabilitation (started within 2 weeks of hospital discharge).

- to identify potential barriers to this approach

Pulmonary rehabilitation (PR) is the most effective non-pharmacological treatment for patients with chronic respiratory diseases, especially COPD. Many patients with lung cancer have co-existing smoking-related lung disorders such as COPD. To date there have been no randomised controlled trials of PR in post-resection lung cancer survivors. However there is indirect evidence that PR may be of benefit in this patient cohort. Cesario et al (2007)reported a 32% improvement in exercise capacity with in-patient PR, and Spruit et al (2009) demonstrated a 43% improvement in six minute walk distance following an 8-week in-patient PR programme. However, both studies had small numbers, and no randomised control group. Furthermore, inpatient PR is not an economically justifiable intervention in the NHS where emphasis is on self-management and ambulatory care.
Criteria for eligibility
Healthy Volunteers: No
Maximum Age: N/A
Minimum Age: 18 Years
Gender: Both
Criteria: Inclusion Criteria:

- All patients undergoing lung cancer surgery with curative intent.

Exclusion Criteria:

- Unstable cardiovascular disease Severe musculo-skeletal problems that would limit exercise training(neuromuscular disorders, severe joint arthritis of lower limbs) Severe peripheral vascular disease Unable to walk 10 metres unaided Patients unable to give informed consent Recent (within 3 months of completing treatment) or untreated pulmonary TB, Untreated/uncontrolled diabetes or epilepsy Recent or recurrent untreated spontaneous pneumothorax
Harefield Hospital
Harefield, Middlesex, United Kingdom
Status: Recruiting
Contact: William Man, BSc MBBS MRCP PhD - 01895828851 - w.man@rbht.nhs.uk
Imperial College Healthcare Trust
London, United Kingdom
Status: Recruiting
Contact: Elizabeth Schofield - 02033122349 - libby.schofield@imperial.nhs.uk
Start Date
October 2010
Completion Date
November 2011
Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust
Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust
Record processing date
ClinicalTrials.gov processed this data on July 28, 2015
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