Improving Survival in Lung Cancer Patients Past Event
Professor Chia-chin Lin, Head of the School, in collaboration with HKU Centre for Sports and Exercise(CSE), has undertaken a 12-week pilot programme entitled "Improving Survival in Lung Cancer Patients: A Pilot Randomized Controlled Trial (RCT) of Aerobic Exercise and Tai-chi Interventions" to examine the benefits of exercise in late stage lung cancer patients. During July to September, 2018, 20 late stage lung cancer patients joined the HKU “Exercise is Medicine” medical referral programme.
At the press conference jointly held by the University Health Services (UHS), the Centre for Sports and Exercise (CSE) and the School of Nursing on November 7, 2018, findings of the pilot exercise programme revealed that exercise led to improvement in cardio-respiratory fitness, functional performance, quality of life, emotional status, and sleep quality. Five cancer patients from the aerobic exercise or Tai-Chi group joined the press conference and told the media how their physical functions improved after joining the exercise programme.
Professor Chia-Chin Lin pointed out that the findings were encouraging. She hopes to help further improve the quality of life of patients suffering from cancer through the exercise programme.
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