UQ call-out for bone cancer survivor sports training study
A program to better understand the benefits of exercise and
sport for young people recovering from bone cancer will soon start
at The University of Queensland.
School of Human Movement and Nutrition
Paula Wilson is investigating whether an exercise training
program could improve health, fitness and functional outcomes for
people who have undergone bone replacement surgery.
"Patients with a megaprosthesis - a metal prosthetic surgically
inserted to replace cancerous bone - often report deficits in
strength and range of motion after the limb has been salvaged," Ms
"We want to know whether these are permanent and unavoidable
consequences of the surgical procedure itself, or whether they can
be 'trained away' through exercise or sport.
"The results from our study may provide further information as
to whether this population could be eligible for participation in
Ms Wilson is looking for three to five people, aged between 15
and 35, who have undergone insertion of a lower limb megaprosthesis
for the treatment of a bone tumour.
"Bone cancer is rare, accounting for less than 1 per cent of all
cancers, but it is the third most common cause of cancer-related
death in people under 25 years of age, behind brain cancer and
leukaemia," Ms Wilson said.
"We know that participation in exercise is beneficial for the
majority of people during and after cancer treatment.
"Research has shown it can increase quality of life, improve
symptoms of fatigue, and help people become fitter and
"However, there have been no
studies conducted looking at the fitness and functional outcomes
achievable in bone cancer patients who have had a megaprosthesis
The study is being conducted at UQ's St Lucia campus in
Brisbane, with participants undertaking 30 weeks of free,
personalised training in a sport or exercise of their choice.
Interested participants should contact Ms Wilson directly.
Media: Paula Wilson, firstname.lastname@example.org
, +61 7 3365 4998; Dani Nash, UQ
, +61 7 3346 3035.