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Year : 2020  |  Volume : 26  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 531--532

Effects of exercise training during concomitant chemoradiation therapy in head-and-neck cancer patients: A systematic review

1 Department of Physiotherapy, Kasturba Medical College Mangalore, Manipal Academy of Higher Education, Mangalore, Karnataka, India
2 Department of Radiation Oncology, Kasturba Medical College Mangalore, Manipal Academy of Higher Education, Mangalore, Karnataka, India

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Stephen Rajan Samuel
Department of Physiotherapy, Kasturba Medical College, Mangalore, Manipal Academy of Higher Education, Karnataka
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DOI: 10.4103/IJPC.IJPC_14_20

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Existing literature suggests that cancer survivors present with high rates of morbidity due to various treatment and disease-induced factors. Research has shown exercise to be beneficial in improving treatment outcomes and quality of life (QOL). This review was done to collect the current state of exercise-based interventions for cancer survivors in India. From the summarized data, exercise interventions were categorized into resistance training, aerobic training, and home-based walking program in head-and-neck cancers. A broad range of outcomes showed improvement in muscle strength, functional capacity, and QOL and hence supported the benefits of exercise-based interventions in this population. All the data retrieved, therefore, conclude that exercise-based interventions are safe, feasible, and beneficial in patients with head and neck cancer receiving chemoradiation therapy.


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