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Physiotherapy for Quality of Life After Pancreatic Cancer Resection

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According to Dirk Weyhe and collaborating researchers, patients experience significantly reduced physical and psychological quality of life (QoL) after pancreatic resection for cancer. The group performed a study to determine if long-term intensive or supervised physiotherapy effectively improved QoL after pancreatic cancer resection. Their article, published in BMC Cancer, stated that “supervised physiotherapy or prescribed home-based exercise after pancreatic cancer resection is safe and feasible and should be proposed and started as soon as possible to improve certain aspects of QoL.”

Investigators equally randomized a total of 56 patients to intervention (n = 28) and control groups. The intensified physiotherapy intervention was comprised of endurance and muscle force exercises using cycle ergometer. The control group performed physiotherapy for 20 minutes five days a week, and only during their hospital stay. QoL was assessed with the Short Physical Performance Battery (SPPB), Short Form-8 Health Survey (SF-8), and the European Organization for Research and Treatment of Cancer (EORTC) QLQ-C30 and QLQ-PAN26 modules. Read more . . . 

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