- Exercise training was associated with improved fitness and cancer-specific QoL in patients with advanced lung cancer.
Why this matters
- Data on the benefits of exercise training in patients with advanced lung cancer were lacking.
- Cochrane meta-analysis of 6 randomized controlled trials comparing exercise with no exercise in a total of 221 patients with lung cancer.
- Funding: None disclosed.
- The exercise group had significantly better 6-minute walk distance (6MWD; mean difference, 63.33 m; 95% CI, 3.70-122.96) and disease-specific QoL (standardized mean difference, 0.51; 95% CI, 0.08-0.93).
- No difference between groups in physical functioning QoL, dyspnea, fatigue, anxiety or depression, lung function, performance status, or OS.
- No serious adverse events reported in exercise group.
- Few studies with small sample size.
- No comparison data on benefits of different types of exercise.