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Precision Exercise Prescription

Precision Exercise Prescription Team

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

About the Precision Exercise Prescription Study

Precision‐Exercise‐Prescription (PEP) team includes medical doctors, nurses, physical therapists, researchers, and patients working together to learn more about improving health after a lung cancer diagnosis. Our goal is to learn how an exercise program tailored for each person can improve long-term outcomes after lung cancer surgery. 

Who can participate?

Men and women may be able to take part in the study if these apply:

  • Diagnosed with primary lung cancer stage I, II, or IIIa or
  • Diagnosed with secondary lung cancer plus
  • Will have surgery as part of lung cancer treatment
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Precision Exercise Prescription Brochure

What will I be asked to do?

People who choose to participate will do these things:

  • Answer questions about their health habits, lifestyle, and medical history before surgery and up to 6 months after surgery
  • Give the PEP Study team permission to see medical records about their cancer diagnosis and treatment
  • Give small blood samples before surgery and 2 months after surgery

Then, participants will be placed at random into one of two groups:

  • People in Group 1 will have usual post-surgery care, which includes being counseled about exercise, plus take part in an exercise program with the PEP Study physical therapist.
    They will also receive a free FitBit activity tracker.
  • People in Group 2 will have usual post-surgery care, which includes being counseled about exercise. At the 6-month visit after surgery, they will be offered a specialized PEP Study exercise session with a physical therapist plus receive a free FitBit activity tracker at that time.
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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

  • The PEP Study team will work with your doctors and nurses to coordinate blood sample collection.
  • Taking part in this study is voluntary and confidential.
  • You can stop participating at any time. 

To learn more or participate:

Phone: 801-587-4699