Which exercise prescriptions optimize V̇O2max during cancer treatment?—A systematic review and meta-analysis

Ann Christin Helgesen Bjørke, Maike G. Sweegers, Laurien M. Buffart, Truls Raastad, Peter Nygren, Sveinung Berntsen

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The aims of the present systematic review and meta-analysis were to investigate the effect of exercise on maximal oxygen uptake ((Formula presented.)) and to investigate whether exercise frequency, intensity, duration, and volume are associated with changes in (Formula presented.) among adult patients with cancer undergoing treatment. Medline and Embase through OvidSP were searched to identify randomized controlled trials. Two reviewers extracted data and assessed the risk of bias. The overall effect size and differences in effects for different intensities and frequencies were calculated on change scores and post-intervention (Formula presented.) data, and the meta-regression of exercise duration and volumes was analyzed using the Comprehensive Meta-Analysis software. Fourteen randomized controlled trials were included in the systematic review, comprising 1332 patients with various cancer types receiving (neo-)adjuvant chemo-, radio-, and/or hormone therapy. Exercise induced beneficial changes in (Formula presented.) compared to usual care (effect size = 0.46, 95% Confidence Interval = 0.23-0.69). Longer session duration (P = 0.020), and weekly duration (P = 0.010), larger weekly volume (P < 0.001), and shorter intervention duration (P = 0.005) were significantly associated with more beneficial changes in (Formula presented.). No differences in effects between subgroups with respect to frequency and intensity were found. In conclusion, exercise has beneficial effects on (Formula presented.) in patients with cancer undergoing (neo-)adjuvant treatment. As interventions with larger exercise volumes and longer session durations resulted in larger beneficial changes in (Formula presented.), exercise frequency, intensity, and duration should be considered carefully for sufficient exercise volume to induce changes in (Formula presented.) for this patient group.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1274-1287
JournalScandinavian Journal of Medicine and Science in Sports
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2019

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