A study looking at a rehabilitation programme for cancer patients

Please note - this trial is no longer recruiting patients. We hope to add results when they are available.

Cancer type:

All cancer types





This pilot study is looking at using a computer active video game as part of a rehabilitation Open a glossary item programme for people with cancer.  

Cancer and treatment may cause long term physical, social or emotional difficulties for people. Many hospitals offer a rehabilitation programme to help these people to get back to a normal life as possible. But we don’t know how useful and successful these programmes are. The researchers want to try and find this out.

In this study, they will look at 2 groups of cancer patients. One group of people will do a rehabilitation programme. This will include an individually designed exercise programme and the use of a computer active video game. The other group will not do the rehabilitation programme.

The researchers will then compare the quality of life, wellbeing and changes in physical fitness of both groups.

The aims of this pilot study are to find out

  • How to organise and manage a rehabilitation programme for cancer patients
  • What future research may be needed in rehabilitation programmes for cancer patients

Who can enter

You may be able to enter this study if you are, or have expressed an interest in, taking part in the rehabilitation programme offered by the sport and exercise scientists at Aberystwyth University, Aberystwyth.

You cannot enter this study if

  • Your doctor has advised you not to take part in physical activity
  • You have a heart condition or breathing problem that limits your physical activity

Trial design

This is a pilot study. It will recruit 60 people.

This study is a randomised study. The people taking part are put into treatment groups by a computer. Neither you nor your doctor will be able to decide which group you are in.

Half the people will be in the rehabilitation programme. The others will not as they are in the control group.

trial diagram

People in the control group will go to the Department of Sport and Exercise Science at Aberystwyth University twice. You go at the start of the study and again 8 weeks later. Each visit will be about 2 hours.

People doing the rehabilitation programme will go to the Department of Sport and Exercise at Aberystwyth University each week for 8 weeks. At each visit you will do a supervised programme. This includes exercise and the computer active video game.   

You control the video game with your movements and you use a remote control to move objects on a screen. You can play games such as tennis or bowling. You can also do fitness exercises such as yoga or balance training. You can choose what you want to do.

Everyone taking part in this study will have 6 short questionnaires to fill in. You do them at the start of the study, 8 weeks later and a month after the end of the study. They will ask about how you have been feeling, any symptoms you might have and what you are able to do.

Hospital visits

There are no extra visits to the hospital if you take part in this study. But you have tests done when you go to the Department of Sports and Exercise at Aberystwyth University at the start of the study and 8 weeks later. These tests will measure

  • Your physical activity
  • How fit you are
  • Your body fat and muscle
  • Your balance
  • Your strength
  • Your flexibility
  • Your heart rate and blood pressure

Side effects

With any exercise there are risks. To minimise the risk, you and a specialist physiotherapist will decide on the programme of exercise you do taking into account your current ability and level of fitness.

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Chief Investigator

Dr Joanne Wallace

Supported by

Aberystwyth University
NIHR Clinical Research Network: Cancer

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Last review date

CRUK internal database number:

Oracle 10936

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