Understanding the relationship between physical activity and bone health in people with bone metastases

Research Project Title

Ex-Met study (Exercise prescription in patients with bone metastases: Identifying Clinical tools to overcome clinician concerns regarding skeletal related events)

Keywords

Exercise Oncology, Cancer, Exercise, Physical Activity, Bone Health

Challenge

Cancer which has spread to the bone, causing bone metastases (bone tumours) can weaken bone health and increase risk of fractures (breaks). Consequently, people with bone metastases can be unsure whether to exercise and health professionals can be unsure what exercise advice is suitable for their patients. Despite this, it is well known that exercise improves quality-of-life for people with bone metastases and therefore it is important that exercise is prescribed when safe and suitable to do so.

Research Project

This study aims to increase understanding of the link between daily exercise and risk of fracture in people with bone metastases. The data collected will help assess the relationship between physical activity levels and bone health. The data will also help identify if clinical tools are helpful in identifying patients at lowest and highest risk of fracture with exercise. Study results will improve the information available to health professionals prescribing exercise and enhance the safety of exercise participation practice and advice for people with bone metastases.

Timeline

February 2019 – February 2021

Research Team

 

Principal Investigator: Dr Emer Guinan                                                    School Office Medicine, Trinity College Dublin

 

 

 

Project Team: Dr Kate Devenney                                         Postdoctoral Researcher, Trinity College Dublin

 

 

 

Funding

This research was funded by the Irish Cancer Society and All Ireland Institute of Hospice and Palliative Care (AIIHPC).

For further information contact

Email: exerciseoncology@tcd.ie | Tel: +353 (0)1 896 2128

Email: info@aiihpc.org | Tel: +353 (0)1 491 2948

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