‘Tantalising’ result in advanced lung cancer rehab trial

Pulmonary rehabilitation just after diagnosis and during active cancer treatment may affect motivation, suggests expert
Clare Pain
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An Australian trial of pulmonary rehabilitation in patients newly diagnosed with advanced lung cancer has failed to show a physical benefit but may hint at potential mortality benefits, a commentator says.

The trial in 92 patients attending three tertiary centres in Melbourne, who had begun treatment for inoperable advanced non-small cell lung cancer in the preceding month, exposed them to either usual care or eight weeks of aerobic and resistance exercise carried out at home.