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Precision Exercise Prescription Team

The PEP study team, including investigators Neli Ulrich, PhD; Thomas Varghese, MD; and Paul LaStayo, PT, PhD, CHT.

Precision‐Exercise‐Prescription for lung cancer patients undergoing surgery.

Lung Cancer Facts

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Precision Exercise Prescription Brochure

  • In Utah, lung cancer is the fifth most commonly diagnosed cancer
  • There are many risk factors for lung cancer, such as smoking, exposure to radon and asbestos, and lifestyle
  • Surgery is the most effective treatment.
  • Lung cancer research has had major successes. Participating in research studies builds our knowledge about prevention.
  • Research studies have also shown how patients can improve well‐being and prognosis. Exercise is an important part.

How Is Exercise Linked To Cancer?

In several studies physical activity has been linked to cancer by effecting changes in biological functions:

  • Cardiovascular capacity
  • Pulmonary capacity
  • Bowel mobility
  • Hormone levels
  • Energy balance
  • Immune function
  • Antioxidant defense
  • DNA repair

About the PEP Study

PEP is a research study of patients with lung cancer undergoing surgery. We are a team of medical doctors, physical therapists, researchers, nurses, and patients working together to learn more about improving health after cancer diagnosis.

These are our top goals:

  • Find out how to optimize the rehabilitation of this disease in the future by a tailored exercise program
  • Learn how exercise effects the rehabilitation process

Who can participate?

Any men and women with diagnosed primary lung cancer stage I, II, IIIa or secondary lung cancer who receive surgery from our surgeon are eligible.

What will I be asked to do?

If you chose to participate, a randomization program will place you in the intervention or control group.

All partcipants will:

  • Answer questionnaires about your health habits , lifestyle, and medical history before the surgery and up to six months after your surgery treatment
  • Give the PEP team permission to access medical records about your cancer diagnosis and treatment.
  • Give small blood samples before surgery and two months after surgery.

The Intervention group will take part in a tailored exercise program supervised by our Physical Therapist.

Patients Exercising

Why be part of the PEP Study?

Learning how to improve cancer treatment is a process that takes time. Today’s cancer patients benefit from the medical knowledge gained through studies done before, just as future cancer patients will benefit from what we learn through research studies today.

You will learn how physical activity can support your healing process.

Your involvement now can make a difference for future lung cancer patients.

Important Notes

  • If placed in the intervention group, the PEP Study may change your medical care for you. Our Physical Therapist will supervise you in a tailored exercise program.
  • The PEP team will coordinate blood sample collection directly with your doctors and nurses.
  • Your participation is voluntary and confidential
  • You can stop your participation at anytime.