Exercise Versus Cognitive Behavioural Therapy on Cancer-related Fatigue

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Recruitment Status : Unknown
Verified March 2010 by Charite University, Berlin, Germany.
Recruitment status was:  Recruiting
First Posted : December 18, 2009
Last Update Posted : March 30, 2010
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Charite University, Berlin, Germany

Brief Summary:
The investigators compare the effects of two interventions, an endurance exercise program and a cognitive behavioural therapy, on the fatigue, quality of life, mood and physical performance of patients with a cancer-related fatigue syndrome. The intervention will be carried out for 4 weeks. Tests will be carried out at the beginning and at the end of the study.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Fatigue Mood Maximal Oxygen Uptake Behavioral: Exercise Behavioral: Cognitive behavioural therapy Phase 3

Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Estimated Enrollment : 60 participants
Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Single (Care Provider)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Effects of a Brief Endurance Exercise Program and of a Cognitive Behavioural Therapy on Patients With Cancer-related Fatigue
Study Start Date : December 2009
Estimated Primary Completion Date : July 2010
Estimated Study Completion Date : September 2010

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Arm Intervention/treatment
Active Comparator: Cognitive behavioural therapy Behavioral: Cognitive behavioural therapy
Teaching of techniques to reduce fatigue and to improve stamina

Experimental: Exercise
Endurance training (walking on a treadmill) 3 x weekly for 4 weeks
Behavioral: Exercise
Endurance exercise 3 times weekly for 45 minutes, 4 weeks long

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Fatigue scores on the Brief Fatigue Inventory (BFI) [ Time Frame: 4 weeks ]

Secondary Outcome Measures :
  1. Maximal oxygen uptake (VO2max) on a treadmill stress test. [ Time Frame: 4 weeks ]
  2. Scores on the HADS (Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale) [ Time Frame: 4 weeks ]

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Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 70 Years   (Adult, Older Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Age 18-70
  • Histologically confirmed neoplastic disease
  • Treatment (chemotherapy or radiation) completed.
  • No treatment in the previous 4 weeks
  • Ability to understand written German

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Health conditions which can be aggravated by exercise

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Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT01035203

Contact: Fernando Dimeo, MD +493084452098

Department of Sports Medicine Recruiting
Berlin, Germany, 14167
Contact: Fernando Dimeo, MD    +493084452098   
Contact: Susanne Effenberger    +493084454834   
Sponsors and Collaborators
Charite University, Berlin, Germany

Responsible Party: Fernando Dimeo, MD, Charité Universitätsmedizin Berlin Identifier: NCT01035203     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 176-25/kmo
First Posted: December 18, 2009    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: March 30, 2010
Last Verified: March 2010

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Signs and Symptoms