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Physical Activity in Older Patients With Acute Myeloid Leukemia Undergoing Chemotherapy

This study has been completed.
National Cancer Institute (NCI)
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Wake Forest University Health Sciences Identifier:
First received: November 6, 2007
Last updated: February 21, 2017
Last verified: July 2012

RATIONALE: Physical activity sessions may help improve physical function, quality of life, and symptoms caused by chemotherapy in older patients with acute myelogenous leukemia.

PURPOSE: This clinical trial is studying how well physical activity works in improving quality of life in older patients with acute myelogenous leukemia undergoing chemotherapy.

Condition Intervention
Behavioral: exercise intervention

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: No masking
Primary Purpose: Supportive Care
Official Title: A Feasibility Study of a Physical Activity Intervention in Older Adult Inpatients With Acute Leukemia

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Further study details as provided by Wake Forest University Health Sciences:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Percentage of adults 50 years of age or older admitted for induction or reinduction chemotherapy for acute myeloid leukemia (AML) who are eligible for the study [ Time Frame: day 1 ]
  • Percentage of eligible patients recruited into the study [ Time Frame: day 1 ]
  • Number and frequency of reported barriers to eligibility and enrollment [ Time Frame: day 1 ]
  • Percentage of study participants who successfully completed the physical and the psychosocial measures [ Time Frame: week 13 ]
  • Record barriers to completion of the physical activity program [ Time Frame: week 13 ]

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Physical function as measured by the Short Physical Performance Battery (SPPB) [ Time Frame: week 13 ]
  • Quality of Life as measured with the Distress Thermometer [ Time Frame: week 13 ]

Enrollment: 26
Study Start Date: July 2007
Study Completion Date: April 2011
Primary Completion Date: November 2008 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Intervention Details:
    Behavioral: exercise intervention
    participation in physical activity intervention program weeks 2 through 5
Detailed Description:



  • To test the feasibility of conducting a physical activity intervention in hospitalized older adults with acute myeloid leukemia (AML) undergoing induction or reinduction chemotherapy.


  • To obtain preliminary data regarding the effectiveness of a physical activity intervention on physical function, quality of life, and treatment-related symptoms in these patients.

OUTLINE: Patients undergo a baseline evaluation in week 1 focusing on basic demographics, health, physical function and quality-of-life assessments. These assessments include the Short Physical Performance Battery (SPPB); the Hand Grip Test of Muscular Strength; the Demographics and Physical Activity History; the Functional Assessment of Cancer Therapy (FACT-Leu); the Distress Thermometer; the Short-form Positive Affect Schedule (PANAS-SF); the Satisfaction with Life Scale (SWL); the FAST-23 Disability Measure; the Center for Epidemiologic Studies Depression Scale Short Form (CES-D); the Self-efficacy for Physical Activity Scale; the Intervention Feedback Form; and the Pre-Post Session Ratings. Some medical data may be obtained from the patient's medical record to assist in these assessments.

Beginning in weeks 2-5, patients undergo a 30-minute orientation to the exercise sessions that will be tailored to individual needs and abilities. Patients undergo a 30- to 45-minute group physical activity session twice a week, and a supervised individual session following the same format as the group session, once a week for 4 weeks. After completion of the physical activity intervention, patients complete an activities packet and repeat the physical function and quality of life assessments in weeks 5-6 and again upon readmission for consolidation therapy in weeks 9-13 .

After completion of study intervention, patients are followed for 4 months.


Ages Eligible for Study:   50 Years to 120 Years   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No


  • Histologically confirmed acute myeloid leukemia (AML) by WHO criteria
  • Planning to undergo induction or reinduction chemotherapy
  • Inpatient status at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center
  • Must not require intensive care unit support


  • Able to understand English
  • Medical eligibility confirmed with Leukemia Service Attending
  • Ambulatory or able to walk with a cane
  • No hemodynamic instability
  • No acute thrombosis within the past 7 days
  • No active ischemia within the past 7 days
  • No uncontrolled pain
  • Must have < 3 incorrect responses on the Pfeiffer Mental Status Exam


  • See Disease Characteristics
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00554489

United States, North Carolina
Wake Forest University Comprehensive Cancer Center
Winston-Salem, North Carolina, United States, 27157-1096
Sponsors and Collaborators
Wake Forest University Health Sciences
National Cancer Institute (NCI)
Study Chair: Suzanne C. Danhauer, PhD Wake Forest University Health Sciences
Principal Investigator: Heidi D. Klepin, MD Wake Forest University Health Sciences
Principal Investigator: Shannon Mihalko, PhD Wake Forest University Health Sciences
  More Information

Responsible Party: Wake Forest University Health Sciences Identifier: NCT00554489     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: CDR0000573938
Study First Received: November 6, 2007
Last Updated: February 21, 2017

Keywords provided by Wake Forest University Health Sciences:
recurrent adult acute myeloid leukemia
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)

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Leukemia, Myeloid
Leukemia, Myeloid, Acute
Neoplasms by Histologic Type
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