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Feasibility of a Remotely Delivered Strength and Balance Training Program for Older Adults with Cancer

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College of Nursing, University of Saskatchewan, Regina, SK S4T 0H8, Canada
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Faculty of Applied Science, School of Nursing, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC V6T 2B5, Canada
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Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine, University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB T6G 2G4, Canada
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Department of Medicine, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, SK S7N 0X8, Canada
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Department of Medical Oncology, University Health Network, Toronto, ON M5G 2C1, Canada
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Patient Representative, Ajax, ON L1S 5C2, Canada
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College of Nursing, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, SK S7N 5E5, Canada
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Department of Medicine, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON M5S 1A8, Canada
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Institute of Health Policy, Management, and Evaluation, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON M5T 3M6, Canada
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General Internal Medicine, University Health Network, Toronto, ON M5G 2C4, Canada
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Department of Oncology, Cross Cancer Institute, Edmonton, AB T6G 1Z2, Canada
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Curr. Oncol. 2021, 28(6), 4408-4419; https://doi.org/10.3390/curroncol28060374
Received: 16 August 2021 / Revised: 7 October 2021 / Accepted: 19 October 2021 / Published: 2 November 2021
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Improving Care for Older Adults with Cancer)
Falls are a major issue among older adults with cancer and lead to interruptions in cancer treatment. Resistance and balance training can prevent falls in older adults, but minimal evidence is available regarding the older cancer population, who often have unique risk factors. We used a pre–post design to assess the feasibility of a remotely delivered exercise program that progressed in difficulty and its efficacy on lower body strength, balance, and falls in older adults with cancer who had prior in-person exercise experience. Twenty-six older adults with cancer completed the intervention. Attendance rate for the virtual component was 97.6% and for the independent component was 84.7%. Participants perceived the program as rewarding and enjoyable (100%), felt this program prepared them to exercise on their own (92%), were confident to continue exercising on their own (81%), and would recommend the program to other patients (100%). The median balance score at baseline and end-of-study was 4 (IQR = 0). The median chair-stand time decreased from 9.2 s (IQR = 3.13) to 7.7 s (IQR = 4.6). A statistically significant difference in lower body strength (r = 0.68, p = 0.001) was detected post-intervention. The findings from this study can inform the design of a larger randomized trial. View Full-Text
Keywords: falls; resistance training; balance training; exercise intervention; physical performance measures falls; resistance training; balance training; exercise intervention; physical performance measures
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Sattar, S.; Haase, K.; Penz, K.; Effa, C.; Nedeljak, J.; Chalchal, H.; Souied, O.; Amir, E.; Pitters, E.; Campbell, D.; Alibhai, S.; McNeely, M.L. Feasibility of a Remotely Delivered Strength and Balance Training Program for Older Adults with Cancer. Curr. Oncol. 2021, 28, 4408-4419. https://doi.org/10.3390/curroncol28060374

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Sattar S, Haase K, Penz K, Effa C, Nedeljak J, Chalchal H, Souied O, Amir E, Pitters E, Campbell D, Alibhai S, McNeely ML. Feasibility of a Remotely Delivered Strength and Balance Training Program for Older Adults with Cancer. Current Oncology. 2021; 28(6):4408-4419. https://doi.org/10.3390/curroncol28060374

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Sattar, Schroder, Kristen Haase, Kelly Penz, Corrie Effa, Joni Nedeljak, Haji Chalchal, Osama Souied, Eitan Amir, Eric Pitters, Diane Campbell, Shabbir Alibhai, and Margaret L. McNeely. 2021. "Feasibility of a Remotely Delivered Strength and Balance Training Program for Older Adults with Cancer" Current Oncology 28, no. 6: 4408-4419. https://doi.org/10.3390/curroncol28060374

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