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Home-based activity for people with lung cancer and established weight loss

Cancer is a leading and increasing cause of death and disability in Wales.

Lung cancer patients often have weight loss and rapid decline in function and quality of life. Physical activity can improve muscle strength and quality of life in cancer patients but there is little research to show the effects of exercise in cancer patients with weight loss.

A Welsh study has shown that patients with cancer and weight loss recognise the benefits of physical activity, but would prefer to take part in low intensity, home-based, physical activity.

Based on this, the aim of this study is to develop home-based physical activities with healthcare professionals and patients with lung cancer and weight loss, and to identify potential outcome measures to assess.

This mixed methods study will include four phases to identify suitable home-based physical activities and suitable outcome measures as follows:

  • phase 1 - a review of research
  • phase 2 - discussions with healthcare professionals in cancer/exercise
  • phase 3 - interviews with lung cancer patients and carers
  • phase 4 - consensus workshop with health professionals and patient representatives.

The findings from this study will inform research to help people with cancer be physically active to maintain function and quality of life.


This project is funded by the RCBC Wales.

Lead researchers

Dr Nichola Gale

Dr Nichola Gale

Senior Lecturer: Physiotherapy; Research Theme Lead - Optimising Health through Activity and Lifestyles and Technology

+44 (0)29 206 87758
Professor Jane Hopkinson

Professor Jane Hopkinson

Velindre Professor of Nursing and Interdisciplinary Cancer Care

+44 (0)29 206 88562