Relaxation and exercise in lymphoma survivors (REIL study) : a randomised clinical trial protocol

Hathiramani, Suchita, Pettengell, Ruth, Moir, Hannah and Younis, Ahmed (2019) Relaxation and exercise in lymphoma survivors (REIL study) : a randomised clinical trial protocol. BMC Sports Science, Medicine and Rehabilitation, 11, p. 17. ISSN (online) 2052-1847


BACKGROUND: Lymphoma survivors commonly report ongoing complaints including fatigue, pain, depression and decreased quality of life (QoL) following treatment. Although evidence suggests that both relaxation and exercise can significantly improve such symptoms, there is no consensus on which intervention is more effective. This paper presents the REIL (Relaxation and Exercise In Lymphoma) Study protocol. The REIL study aims to compare the effect of two home-based interventions - relaxation and exercise - on QoL in lymphoma survivors. METHODS: Eligible participants (n = 36) will be randomised to a relaxation or exercise programme to perform at least three times per week. The primary outcome measure is QoL, assessed by the European Organisation for Research and Treatment of Cancer QoL Questionnaire Core 30 (EORTC QLQ-C30). Secondary outcome measures include body composition, cardiovascular status, pulmonary function, grip strength, functional exercise capacity (six minute walk test), well-being assessed by the FACT-Lym questionnaire, and psychological status assessed by the Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale. Total duration of the study will be twelve weeks and outcome measures will be assessed at baseline, six weeks and at the end of the study. DISCUSSION: It is anticipated that results from this preliminary study will begin to highlight effective pathways to improve QoL following chemotherapy for this population. This will better inform healthcare professionals to optimise QoL of lymphoma patients, and enable a smooth transition from being a cancer patient to survivor.

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