Title of Abstract

Effects of Exercise on Patients with Ovarian Cancer During Treatment and Post-Treatment

Submitting Student(s)

Madison Lapham

Faculty Sponsor (for work done with a non-Winthrop mentor)

Janet Wojick, Ph.D.

College

College of Education

Department

Physical Education, Sport & Human Performance

Abstract

Ovarian cancer is ranked as one of the most detrimental cancers amongst women. Ovarian cancer occurs when DNA cells uncontrollably grow and cease function. This uncontrollable growth of cells causes the development of tumors and entering the lymph nodes which increases the likelihood of the disease spreading to the rest of the body. Ovarian cancer patients during treatment and post-treatment experience cancer-related fatigue, neuropathy, and physiological distress. These side effects impair the patient’s ability to function normally and perform daily activities. However recent studies completed have shown with the combination of chemotherapy, exercise and cognitive therapy patients with ovarian cancer increase their survival rate and overall quality of life during treatment and post-treatment. Various studies have demonstrated how exercise and cognitive therapy intervention increases the cancer patient’s condition of life by decreasing cancer related side effects and providing tolerable management of side effects due to chemotherapy. Ovarian cancer patients should be prescribed aerobic training at least 3-5 days per week for at least 30 minutes a day at 40%-60% of their VO2 or heart rate reserves (HRR). Exercises to be considered in this treatment recommendation include walking, running, cycling, etc. This exercise prescription provides a foundation for management of chemotherapy side effects and improves the day-to-day living aspects of ovarian cancer patients.

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15-4-2022 12:00 PM

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Apr 15th, 12:00 PM

Effects of Exercise on Patients with Ovarian Cancer During Treatment and Post-Treatment

Ovarian cancer is ranked as one of the most detrimental cancers amongst women. Ovarian cancer occurs when DNA cells uncontrollably grow and cease function. This uncontrollable growth of cells causes the development of tumors and entering the lymph nodes which increases the likelihood of the disease spreading to the rest of the body. Ovarian cancer patients during treatment and post-treatment experience cancer-related fatigue, neuropathy, and physiological distress. These side effects impair the patient’s ability to function normally and perform daily activities. However recent studies completed have shown with the combination of chemotherapy, exercise and cognitive therapy patients with ovarian cancer increase their survival rate and overall quality of life during treatment and post-treatment. Various studies have demonstrated how exercise and cognitive therapy intervention increases the cancer patient’s condition of life by decreasing cancer related side effects and providing tolerable management of side effects due to chemotherapy. Ovarian cancer patients should be prescribed aerobic training at least 3-5 days per week for at least 30 minutes a day at 40%-60% of their VO2 or heart rate reserves (HRR). Exercises to be considered in this treatment recommendation include walking, running, cycling, etc. This exercise prescription provides a foundation for management of chemotherapy side effects and improves the day-to-day living aspects of ovarian cancer patients.