Journal article

Exercise Behaviors and Fatigue in Patients Receiving Immunotherapy for Advanced Melanoma: A Cross-Sectional Survey via Social Media

Amelia Hyatt, Allison Drosdowsky, Narelle Williams, Elizabeth Paton, Fiona Bennett, Hayley Andersen, Jared Mathai, Donna Milne

INTEGRATIVE CANCER THERAPIES | SAGE PUBLICATIONS INC | Published : 2019

Abstract

Objective: Treatment with immunotherapy has positively changed the long-term outlook of many patients with advanced melanoma; however, fatigue is a common and debilitating side effect. Evidence indicates exercise can improve treatment-related fatigue for patients receiving chemotherapy and radiotherapy. However, currently little is known about exercise behaviors and preferences of patients receiving immunotherapy. This project aimed to describe self-reported levels of fatigue related to immunotherapy; patient perspectives of exercise behaviors; and barriers and facilitators to engagement in exercise for patients receiving, or recently completed immunotherapy for unresectable stage III and st..

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