Virtual reality bringing a new reality to postthoracotomy lung cancer patients via a home-based exercise intervention targeting fatigue while undergoing adjuvant treatment

Amy J. Hoffman, Ruth Ann Brintnall, Jean K. Brown, Alexander Von Eye, Lee W. Jones, Gordon Alderink, Deborah Ritz-Holland, Mark Enter, Lawrence H. Patzelt, Glenn M. VanOtteren

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Background: Little is known about rehabilitation for postthoracotomy non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) patients. This research uses a perceived self-efficacy-enhancing light-intensity exercise intervention targeting a priority symptom, cancer-related fatigue (CRF), for postthoracotomy NSCLC patients. This article reports on phase II of a 2-phase study. Phase I focused on initiation and tolerance of exercise during the 6 weeks immediately after thoracotomy, whereas phase II addressed maintenance of exercise for an additional 10 weeks including participants initiating and completing chemotherapy and/or radiation therapy. Objective: The objective of this study was to investigate the feasibility, acceptability, and preliminary efficacy of an exercise intervention for postthoracotomy NSCLC patients to include those initiating and completing adjuvant therapy. Interventions/Methods: A single-arm design composed of 7 participants postthoracotomy for NSCLC performed light-intensity exercises using an efficacy-enhancing virtual-reality approach using the Nintendo Wii Fit Plus. Results: Despite most participants undergoing chemotherapy and/or radiation therapy, participants adhered to the intervention at a rate of 88% with no adverse events while giving the intervention high acceptability scores on conclusion. Likewise, participants' CRF scores improved from initiation through the conclusion of the intervention with perceived self-efficacy for walking at a light intensity continuously for 60 minutes, improving significantly upon conclusion over presurgery values. Conclusions: Postthoracotomy NSCLC patients maintained exercise for an additional 10 weeks while undergoing adjuvant therapy showing rehabilitation potential because the exercise intervention was feasible, safe, well tolerated, and highly acceptable showing positive changes in CRF self-management. Implications for practice: A randomized controlled trial is needed to further investigate these relationships.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)23-33
Number of pages11
JournalCancer Nursing
Volume37
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2014

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Fatigue
Lung Neoplasms
Non-Small Cell Lung Carcinoma
Exercise
Self Efficacy
Light
Radiotherapy
Therapeutics
Rehabilitation
Drug Therapy
Neoplasms
Exercise Tolerance
Thoracotomy
Self Care
Walking
Randomized Controlled Trials
Maintenance
Research

Keywords

  • Cancer-related fatigue
  • Exercise
  • Lung cancer
  • Self-efficacy
  • Self-management
  • Symptom management
  • Theory of Symptom

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Oncology(nursing)

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Virtual reality bringing a new reality to postthoracotomy lung cancer patients via a home-based exercise intervention targeting fatigue while undergoing adjuvant treatment. / Hoffman, Amy J.; Brintnall, Ruth Ann; Brown, Jean K.; Von Eye, Alexander; Jones, Lee W.; Alderink, Gordon; Ritz-Holland, Deborah; Enter, Mark; Patzelt, Lawrence H.; VanOtteren, Glenn M.

In: Cancer Nursing, Vol. 37, No. 1, 01.01.2014, p. 23-33.

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Hoffman, Amy J. ; Brintnall, Ruth Ann ; Brown, Jean K. ; Von Eye, Alexander ; Jones, Lee W. ; Alderink, Gordon ; Ritz-Holland, Deborah ; Enter, Mark ; Patzelt, Lawrence H. ; VanOtteren, Glenn M. / Virtual reality bringing a new reality to postthoracotomy lung cancer patients via a home-based exercise intervention targeting fatigue while undergoing adjuvant treatment. In: Cancer Nursing. 2014 ; Vol. 37, No. 1. pp. 23-33.
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