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A Structured Walking Program or Standard Therapy in Cancer Patients Undergoing a Donor Bone Marrow Transplant

This study has been completed.
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
University of Minnesota - Clinical and Translational Science Institute Identifier:
First received: March 7, 2007
Last updated: September 5, 2014
Last verified: September 2014

RATIONALE: A walking program may improve the ability to carry out daily activities after donor bone marrow transplant.

PURPOSE: This randomized clinical trial is studying a structured walking program to see how well it works compared with standard therapy in cancer patients undergoing a donor bone marrow transplant.

Condition Intervention
Behavioral: exercise intervention
Procedure: management of therapy complications
Procedure: observation

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Primary Purpose: Supportive Care
Official Title: A Randomized Trial of the Effect of a Walking Regimen on the Functional Status of Adult Allogeneic Donor Bone Marrow Transplant Patients

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Further study details as provided by University of Minnesota - Clinical and Translational Science Institute:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Difference in functional status as measured by Karnofsky performance scores at day 0 of allogeneic bone marrow transplantation and at day 100 post-transplantation

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Survival at day 100 and at 1 year post-transplantation
  • Patient satisfaction with the suggested exercise regimen as measured by the Wilcoxon test using a 5-point rating scale

Enrollment: 115
Study Start Date: May 2002
Study Completion Date: February 2006
Primary Completion Date: February 2006 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Detailed Description:



  • Compare the effects of a structured walking regimen vs normal standard care on functional status at day 100 after allogeneic bone marrow transplantation in patients with cancer.


  • Compare the effects of these regimens on patient survival at day 100 and at 1 year after transplantation.
  • Compare patient satisfaction with these regimens.

OUTLINE: This is a randomized study. Patients are randomized to 1 of 2 intervention arms.

  • Arm I: Beginning 2-3 days after allogeneic bone marrow transplantation, patients walk on a treadmill or in the hospital hallways twice daily for ≥ 15 minutes. After discharge and continuing for up to 100 days post-transplantation, patients walk once daily for ≥ 30 minutes. Patients record their walking times daily in a journal.
  • Arm II: Patients receive no special instructions regarding exercise other than the normal standard of care.

All patients complete questionnaires at discharge and at day 100 post-transplantation measuring daily exercise activities, satisfaction with the recommended walking regimen, and functional status.

PROJECTED ACCRUAL: A total of 90 patients will be accrued for this study.


Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older
Genders Eligible for Study:   Both
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No


  • Diagnosis of 1 of the following malignancies:

    • Acute lymphocytic leukemia
    • Chronic myelogenous leukemia
    • Acute myeloid leukemia
    • Hodgkin's lymphoma
    • Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma
    • Myelodysplastic syndromes
    • Other malignancy
  • Undergoing concurrent allogeneic bone marrow transplantation


  • Able to walk


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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00445731

Sponsors and Collaborators
University of Minnesota - Clinical and Translational Science Institute
Study Chair: Todd Defor, MS Masonic Cancer Center, University of Minnesota
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Additional Information:
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Responsible Party: University of Minnesota - Clinical and Translational Science Institute Identifier: NCT00445731     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 2002NT039, UMN-2002LB039, UMN-BMT-MT2002-04S
Study First Received: March 7, 2007
Last Updated: September 5, 2014
Health Authority: United States: Institutional Review Board

Keywords provided by University of Minnesota - Clinical and Translational Science Institute:
poor performance status
unspecified adult solid tumor, protocol specific
adult acute myeloid leukemia with 11q23 (MLL) abnormalities
adult acute myeloid leukemia with inv(16)(p13;q22)
adult acute myeloid leukemia with t(15;17)(q22;q12)
adult acute myeloid leukemia with t(16;16)(p13;q22)
adult acute myeloid leukemia with t(8;21)(q22;q22)
accelerated phase chronic myelogenous leukemia
adult acute lymphoblastic leukemia in remission
adult acute myeloid leukemia in remission
atypical chronic myeloid leukemia
blastic phase chronic myelogenous leukemia
chronic eosinophilic leukemia
chronic idiopathic myelofibrosis
chronic myelomonocytic leukemia
chronic neutrophilic leukemia
chronic phase chronic myelogenous leukemia
de novo myelodysplastic syndromes
disseminated neuroblastoma
extranodal marginal zone B-cell lymphoma of mucosa-associated lymphoid tissue
myelodysplastic/myeloproliferative disease, unclassifiable
nodal marginal zone B-cell lymphoma
noncontiguous stage II adult Burkitt lymphoma
noncontiguous stage II adult diffuse large cell lymphoma
noncontiguous stage II adult diffuse mixed cell lymphoma
noncontiguous stage II adult diffuse small cleaved cell lymphoma
noncontiguous stage II adult immunoblastic large cell lymphoma
noncontiguous stage II adult lymphoblastic lymphoma
noncontiguous stage II grade 1 follicular lymphoma
noncontiguous stage II grade 2 follicular lymphoma processed this record on February 26, 2015